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Luzinda's Nigerian lover probed over Ugandan passport

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th November 2014 01:35 PM

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is investigating reports that Franklin Emuobor, a Nigerian national, had acquired a Ugandan passport using fake identity.

Luzinda's Nigerian lover probed over Ugandan passport

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is investigating reports that Franklin Emuobor, a Nigerian national, had acquired a Ugandan passport using fake identity.

By Cecilia Okoth and Carol Kasujja

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is investigating reports that Franklin Emuobor, a Nigerian national, had acquired a Ugandan passport using fake identity.


Information on social media is that Emuobor, who is also said to be local singer Desire Luzinda’s boyfriend, claiming he was born in Rutooma in western Uganda, acquired a Ugandan passport, No. B1012076.


The love affair appears to have gone sour and Emuobor reportedly leaked Luzinda’s nude pictures on Friday, which have since gone viral.


James Baba, the state minister for internal affairs, said in a telephone interview that investigations into how Emuobor obtained the passport were going on.


Another source in the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Emuobor’s first Ugandan passport was issued in 2011 and he renewed it in 2013.


“There are many questions to be answered,” the source said.


The source further revealed that some immigration officers had earlier been suspended for issuing fake passports.


“These officers on suspension could be linked to this new development,” the source added.


Meanwhile, if you have received nude pictures said to belong to Luzinda on your social media accounts, do not dare open them, ethics and integrity state minister Simon Lokodo has warned.


“We have received calls from people asking us about the pictures. I am told many nude pictures were thrown on social media.  We find this criminal and against the anti-pornography law. It is unacceptable,” said Lokodo.


Quoting Article 13 of the Anti- Pornography Act, Lokodo said: “A person shall not produce, traffic in, broadcast, procure, import, export, sell or abet any form of pornography.”


The article further states that any person who abets pornography commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding sh10m or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both.


use of social media is also criminalized under section eight of the Computer Misuse Act, which states: “Any person who willfully and repeatedly uses electronic communication to disturb or attempts to disturb the peace or right of privacy of any person commits a misdemeanour and is liable to a fine not exceeding sh480,000 or a one-year imprisonment or both.”


Lawyers speak out on Luzinda saga Peter Magelah Gwayaka, a lawyer, commented on the Uganda Journalists Facebook page: “Sharing obscene publications is illegal in Uganda and it does not matter the purpose.”


He said distribution of obscene materials, including sharing on social media, is an offence.

However, another city lawyer who preferred anonymity wondered how the law would be enforced.


“There is a prior process, which is reporting the matter to the Police. A complaint has to be lodged with the Police and investigated,” the source said.
 

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