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Morans in trouble for storming police post in Marsabit

Tuesday March 10 2020
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A police cell. Some 22 morans who stormed Kargi Police Post in Marsabit intending to rescue their detained colleague will be held for two more days. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JACOB WALTER

Some 22 morans who stormed Kargi Police Post in Marsabit intending to rescue their detained colleague will be held for two more days as investigations into the incident are completed.

Marsabit Resident Magistrate Collins Ombija on Tuesday granted the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) two more days to conclude investigations.

The DPP also sought extra time to get a Rendille language translator.

Last Friday, the armed morans stormed the police post to rescue a man who had been detained there for assaulting his mother.

GUNS

Marsabit County Police Commander Steve Oloo revealed that the suspects had three guns and 12 rounds of ammunitions.

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An argument ensued between the morans and the police officers who were manning the post.

A scuffle ensued and the suspects are said to have forcibly freed their colleague.

Mr Oloo commended the police officers for handling the rowdy youths professionally.

He said there would have been bloodshed had the officers engaged the morans in a gun battle.

In February 2019, a similar incident was reported where a group of rowdy residents stormed Kargi Administration Police Post on a similar mission of rescuing a colleague who had been arrested for burning a teenager’s hands with boiling water for allegedly stealing his maize flour.

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