Police boss condemns beating of two men by GSU officers

He said the officers failed to follow the correct interrogation procedures.

Tuesday January 5 2016

Ahmed Godana Guyo. Together with his friend, they were assaulted by General Service Unit officers after they drove into Nyongoro General Service Unit camp in Witu on New Year’s Day to ask for directions. They sustained head and chest injuries and were transferred from Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital for specialised treatment. PHOTO | AHMED MOHAMED | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ahmed Godana Guyo. Together with his friend, they were assaulted by General Service Unit officers after they drove into Nyongoro General Service Unit camp in Witu on New Year’s Day to ask for directions. They sustained head and chest injuries and were transferred from Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital for specialised treatment. PHOTO | AHMED MOHAMED | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By MOHAMED AHMED
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A marriage proposal mission ended tragically when General Service Unit (GSU) officers beat up three men, seriously injuring them.

The men from Tana River County lost direction to the would-be bride’s home and strayed into Nyongoro General Service Unit camp in Witu on New Year’s Day.

Their explanation to the officers that they had lost their way and needed direction to Moa Village fell on deaf ears.

On Monday, the prospective groom, 25-year old Ahmed Godana and his friend Abubakar Bocha, were nursing injuries at Tawfiq Hospital in Malindi.

They sustained head and chest injuries and were transferred from Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital for specialised treatment.

Their driver, Mr Abderhman Bokero, was detained at Witu Police Station and their car impounded.

Coast Regional Police Commander Francis Wanjohi, on Monday, described the beatings as unfortunate.

He said the officers failed to follow the correct interrogation procedures.

The police boss added that it was unfortunate that the GSU officers assaulted innocent people who were only asking for directions.

He said the officers should have searched the vehicle and frisked the three men.

“I have received the report. Let family members of the three men file formal complaints with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority so that the matter can be dealt with,” Mr Wanjohi told the Nation.

IMPROPER RESPONSE
He said the complaint should also be sent to the Internal Affairs unit of the police service adding that once investigations were complete, the men would be compensated.

“The other man they detained should be freed immediately. He can also file complaint for unlawful detention. Once these officers are known, necessary action will be taken against them,” the police chief said.

Mr Ahmed Dido, the would-be groom’s uncle, said after the three discovered that they had driven into a GSU camp, they identified themselves and asked for assistance.

Instead of being helped, they were ordered out of the vehicle and beaten senseless.

“They were not familiar with the place. I don’t understand why police officers should do that,” said Mr Dido, who is looking after the men in hospital.

He added that despite of the injuries, the three were detained for hours.

“I was called and told that we are supposed to pay Sh5,000 bond for every man before we could take them for treatment. They were unconscious when we were driving them to the hospital,” Mr Dido added.

The marriage proposal ceremony has been cancelled.

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