A forensic investigation by Ugandan detectives has confirmed that human remains found in a septic tank in Munyonyo, a Kampala suburb, belonged to Immaculate Onebe.
“The bones were submitted for further forensic examination and scientifically identified as that of an adult female. The DNA from the skeletons samples and that of the family members, clearly matched,” said CID Spokesperson ASP Charles Atwine on Friday morning.
“As a result, the remains of late Mrs. Immaculate Onebe were handed over to her immediate family members for decent burial,” he added.
Ms Onebbe, who was the Managing Director of Pentagon Security Ltd, a private security company, went missing from her home on January 6, 2021.
Her husband, Mr Francis Onebe reported a case of a missing person at Kabalagala Police Station, prompting a protracted investigation.
After 8 months of fruitless searching, the suspected body of Ms Onebe was found in a septic tank at her matrimonial home.
Onebe said he didn’t know how the body of an ‘unknown woman’ ended up in his septic tank, insisting his wife was kidnapped from her home by security personnel in a ‘drone’ brand van.
Police decided to conduct DNA tests with the couple’s children to confirm whether the corpse picked from a septic tank belonged to their missing mother.
The results were positive, prompting the police to call Ms Onebbe’s family to pick the body from Mulago National Referral Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
On being quizzed by police, Mr Onebe is said to have given contradictory statements, leading to his arrest.
It is said he also wanted to fly out of the country.
Mr Onebe said he intended to travel for treatment in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
But investigators found he had also booked for another flight to United Kingdom.
Mr Onebe remains in detention to help investigators unravel the mysterious death of his wife.
“Our task team of investigators, are now focused on gathering evidence surrounding the circumstances under which the late Mrs. Immaculate Onebe disappeared, how her body was dumped and concealed in the septic tank, and other relevant evidence to warrant prosecution of the culprits behind this gruesome murder,” said Twine this Friday morning.
The incident sent shockwaves across the country.
Cases of women being strangled and dumped in septic tanks have been on the rise in recent years.
On April 22, 2019, police recovered the body of Dr. Agaba Catherine, of International Hospital Kampala, [IHK], in a septic tank at her rented premises in Muyenga, Kampala.