IPOA probes alleged extrajudicial killing of suspected carjacker


IPOA probes alleged extrajudicial killing of suspected carjacker

In Summary

  • The deceased, who had allegedly been shot twice before entering the church, was reportedly dragged out of a churchorship service and executed by the officers.
  • The man was alleged to be part of a four-man gang that robbed a taxi driver of his vehicle at Athi River in Machakos County on Saturday.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is investigating the alleged extrajudicial killing of a suspected carjacker in Ruiru, Kiambu County on Sunday.

The man, who was being pursued by police officers, is reported to have sought refuge in the Israel Assemblies of God Church at Kihunguro area in Ruiru and pleaded with the believers to hide him. The cops, however, stormed the church demanding for him to be brought out.

The deceased, who had allegedly been shot twice before entering the church, was reportedly dragged out of the worship service and executed by the officers.

The man was alleged to be part of a four-man gang that robbed a taxi driver of his vehicle at Athi River in Machakos County on Saturday.

In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, policing oversight body said “upon becoming aware of the incident, IPOA through its own motion and execution of its mandate this morning took up the matter up for investigations and establishment of culpability.”

Separately, the authority also added that an incident in which police officers on patrol brutally assaulted a 32-year-old man in Eldama Ravine town, Baringo County, had been brought to its attention.

“The Authority has dispatched its Rapid Response team to investigate the matter,” read the statement.

According to IPOA, police officers who will be found culpable will be prosecuted.

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