Family urges Ipoa to investigate kin's death

Friday February 12 2016

Macharia Njeru, the chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, at a past event. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Macharia Njeru, the chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, at a past event. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

A family in Mumias is demanding justice after a relative died in police custody.

The family wants the Independent Policing Oversight Authority to investigate the death, claiming he was tortured to death.

‘We will not allow police to investigate themselves,” said the man’s brother, Mr Rashid Mohammed.

Mr Mohammed said on February 6, his brother, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, was called by a person who said he was selling a vehicle in Malaba town.

“My brother was in the vehicle buying and selling business,” said Mr Mohammed.

He said Abubakar travelled to Malaba and was inspecting the car when the police pounced on him.

TRIED TO FLEE

“The sellers tried to flee and police fired in the air. One of them was killed by a mob and my brother and the other were arrested,” he said.

The two were taken to Malaba Police Station and booked with O.B. No. 32/15.45.

“They had their statements recorded. This was around 3.30 pm. Malaba police contacted Kisumu colleagues who transferred them to area of crime,” said Mr Mohammed.

The next day, the family went Kondele Police Station where they were told to view the body of their kin at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital mortuary.

“How did a healthy person end up in a mortuary with deep cuts on his body, swollen eyes, swollen neck and broken wrists?” asked Mr Mohammed.

But according to the postmortem results, the cause of death was injuries inflicted by a mob.