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A police chief, dead journalist and claims of love gone sour

Thursday November 21 2019

House help questioned Eric Oloo death

Chief Inspector of Police Sabrina Kerubo's house-help, a male suspect and her daughter are pictured in a van at Ugunja Police Station, where they were taken after journalist Eric Oloo was found dead in the officer's house on November 21, 2019. PHOTO | CAROLINE WAFULA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Chief Inspector of Police Sabina Kerubo, in whose house journalist Eric Oloo was found dead in Ugunja, Siaya County, has been arrested.

Ms Kerubo was found drinking in a chang'aa den.

The body of the 40-year-old journalist was found soaked in blood in a bed in the inspector's house on Thursday morning.

Ms Kerubo is said to have been cohabiting with Mr Oloo, who had been working at The Star.

Ugunja sub-county police commander Ibrahim Muchuma said the body was taken to Ambira sub-county hospital mortuary but did not give details.

"The issue is sensitive so we can't comment further. Kindly talk to my boss in Siaya," he said.

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Journalist Eric Oloo's mother, Keziah Oloo, and
Journalist Eric Oloo's mother, Keziah Oloo, and cousin Crispin Odhiambo are pictured at their home in Ugunja, Siaya County, on November 21, 2019. PHOTO | CAROLINE WAFULA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

LOVE AFFAIR

Siaya County police commander Francis Kooli told the Nation that the journalist and the policewoman were in a love affair, but did not elaborate.

A police officer, who sought anonymity for lack of authority to speak to the media, said Mr Oloo was in the house with two other men on Wednesday night.

A scuffle ensued while they were there, he added. Police arrested one of the men and took him to Ugunja for questioning.

Mr Oloo's mother, Keziah Oloo, and cousin Crispin Odhiambo said on Thursday that he had been living with the officer since 2018.

So far, detectives have questioned the officer's house-help to establish whether the chief inspector was at home.

She recorded her statement at Ugunja Police Station.