IPOA investigates mystery shootings by ‘rogue’ police officers


IPOA investigates mystery shootings by ‘rogue’ police officers
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In Summary

  • When she went to view his body at the City Mortuary on Wednesday October 31, she was shocked to find it with seven bullets, pumped at close range, instead of one.
  • Records indicated that his body was brought by unknown people.
  • The law requires deaths caused by police to be investigated with a view of ensuring the victims were not summarily executed.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is investigating the circumstances in which a man who was accidentally shot and injured by police was later found dead with 7 bullet wounds.

The authority is also probing claims that police have shot 18 people in cold blood in Nairobi this month alone.

Those who knew Evans Odhiambo, popularly known as Kevin, say he worked the whole day but when he was heading home late in the evening, he encountered police officers chasing robbers and was  reportedly hit by a stray bullet.

The shooting incident happened in October 26, 2018 just meters from his Mathare North area 2 home.

Kevin was then rushed to Mathare North Healing Centre where doctors administered first aid and advised his wife, Evelyn Odhiambo, to take him to the Mama Lucy Hospital for further treatment.

According to Evelyn, police in plain clothes showed up and bundled away in police custody even though he kept pleading with them that he was not a thug.

When she went to view his body at the City Mortuary on Wednesday October 31, she was shocked to find it with seven bullets, pumped at close range, instead of one.

Records indicated that his body was brought by unknown people.

Kevin’s case comes in the wake of disturbing reports of police shootings.

According to a statement released by IPOA, six suspects were shot dead after they allegedly attacked and raped a woman in Dandora on Sunday October 28 morning.

Three suspects were killed in Mathare and Huruma, John Njuguna aged 17 who was arrested by police on Monday October 29 and later found dead while three others were shot dead last week in Yatta and two in Barma market.

Police reports indicated that in all the cases, the victims were suspects of crime.

“Cases have escalated this year…18 cases in October of murders are unclear and an upsurge in shooting does not necessarily mean good policing. Victims of crime do not give police power to be the judge and executioner.” Said James Kironji, Director Casework – International Justice Mission.

The law requires deaths caused by police to be investigated with a view of ensuring the victims were not summarily executed.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Evelyn Odhiambo, who is expectant, is still seeking justice for the death of her husband.

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