Mutyembai Orders for Arrest of Officer involved in Lesos Shooting
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Police IG Hillary Mutyambai at a past event./Courtesy
Police IG Hillary Mutyambai has ordered for the immediate arrest and suspension of the officer involved in a shooting incident in Lesos, Nandi County.
This was revealed by the police spokesman Charles Owino through a press statement circulated to media houses on Thursday.
“The Inspector General National Police Service has this afternoon 25 th June, 2020 ordered the immediate arrest and suspension of the officer who was involved in a shooting incident in Lesos, Nandi East subcounty,” Owino stated.
“This follows a shooting incident that ensued after a bodaboda rider carrying two pillion passengers was arrested. Protesting bodaboda riders thereafter attacked the arresting officer and his colleagues and attempted to snatch a rifle as they escorted the arrested persons to Lesos police station leading to the fatal shooting of Lazarus Kiprop, a man aged 40 years.”
He added, “Officers then withdrew back to the station but were followed by a riotus mob who caused damage to sections of the station and burnt down the Officer Commanding Station (OCS). Attempts to bar the irate crowd from further causing destruction to the station were in vain, leading to the fatal shooting of two more.”
Owino said the National Police Service of Kenya reiterates its commitment to its highest idea of service for all, ‘Utumishi Kwa Wote’ and holds the position that no officer is allowed to take the law into their own hands.
“We have informed the Independent Policing Oversite Authority (IPOA) for action as stipulated in law. We commit to take stern disciplinary action against any other officer found culpable,” he stated.
He said it was the considered view of the service that all officers must abide by the law even as they execute their duties and must uphold the National Police Service mission, for a professional and people –centered police service through community partnerships for a safer society.