Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has dispatched its officers from the Internal Affairs Unit to unravel the mystery behind the death of two brothers killed after being arrested by the police.
The officers from Nairobi will work hand in hand with their Meru Rapid Investigations counterparts, said the Inspector of General Police, Hillary Mutyambai.
The bodies of Benson Njiru Ndwiga,22, and Emmanuel Mutura Ndwiga,19, were found lying in Embu Level 5 hospital mortuary on Wednesday, three days after they were allegedly arrested in Kianjokoma town on Sunday night for being outside during curfew hours.
The deceased failed to return home on Sunday, and their parents were forced to search for them the following day. After gathering information that they had been arrested the previous night, the boys’ father proceeded to Manyatta Police Station, but he was told they were not there.
Later, he learnt through the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that his sons were reported dead at Embu Police Station and transferred to Embu Level 5 hospital mortuary.
The boys' family has linked police officers to their death, which Embu East police boss Emily Ngaruiya has denied.
Ms. Ngaruiya claimed the boys died after jumping out of a moving police vehicle. The two and nine others were arrested for flouting Covid-19 rules and bundled into a police vehicle.
When the officers arrived at the Manyatta police station, they discovered the two brothers were missing and went back to look for them.
They found them lying on the roadside with serious head injuries and took them to the Embu Level Five Hospital for treatment, where they were declared dead.
Following their deaths, residents staged protests that led to the torching of a police vehicle. They blocked roads and lit bonfires bringing all the operations to a standstill.
IPOA has called the public members to stay calm from taking the law into their hands by attacking the police and damaging public property.©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.