The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched an investigation into killing a 38-year-old man in Nairobi’s Kayole estate by police officers.
IPOA chair Anne Makori said appropriate action would be taken against officers found responsible for the murder.
“Pursuant to Section 25 of IPOA Act which requires that deaths that result from police action or are caused by members of the National Police Service while on duty be investigated, the Authority launched investigations into the death today,” said Makori.
The deceased, identified as John Kiiru, succumbed to injuries after police officers assaulted him for violating the 10 pm-4 am curfew.
It was reported that Kiiru and another man were riding home on a motorcycle when they were attacked by the officers on patrol.
The other man managed to escape, but Kiiru was cornered and clobbered before being abandoned while nursing grievous harm. His body was found at the scene on Thursday morning.
The deceased’s spouse told the media that her husband contacted her after midnight, saying police officers seriously assaulted him.
Following the alleged murder, Kayole residents took to the streets on Thursday, protesting against police brutality.
They barricaded roads, lit bonfires, and engaged police in the running battle for the better part of Thursday.
Many businesses suffered massive losses during the chaos as their shops were looted and others vandalized©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.