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Protests In Kangemi After Killing Of Four Bodaboda Riders By Police Officer

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Police have been forced to lob teargas canisters at protesters in Kangemi and Mountain following a demonstration staged by bodaboda riders over the killing of  their colleagues by a police officer attached to the Kabete Police Station.

Benson Imbatu last night shot dead the four riders and his wife before turning the gun on himself.

The protesting Bodaboda riders are demanding justice saying Imbutus’ action is a loss to them and families of the bereaved.

“The Bodabodas went to find out why there was an unusual noise and fire at his house only for the officer to turn on them and killed four riders on spot,” a resident said.

According to a police report Imbutu shot his wife on the neck killing her on spot before shooting the other five people.

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“This occurred Today at around 0100hrs, where it was reported by one Purity cheruiyot   of Tel. No. 0712194084, a Neighbour of one No. 61593 pc Benson Imbatu a Resident of j Heights Apartments near N market that she had a loud bang from a House occupied by the said Officer and his Wife only identified as Carol. Afterwards there was Fire in the House and decided to ran to Kabete Police Station. Police Officers proceeded to the Scene where it was found out the said Officer had shot Dead the said Wife on the Neck. the Officer while armed with AK 47 Serial no 4915724 went on a Shooting spree where he shot and killed five people including two bodaboda riders one who died while undergoing treatment at knh.’’ The police report reads.

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Police say that they recovered the officer’s firearm with four rounds of ammunitions.

“The Officer later committed Suicide by shooting himself on the Neck. The Firearm was recovered with four rounds of Ammunitions.  Four empty Cartridges were recovered within N Market. Further report to follow including the identification of the victims,’’ it continues.

Human rights activist Cidi Otieno has condemned the incident calling for justice to bereaved families and a routine mental check to police officers to avoid such incidences in future.

“As human rights defenders we want to condemn this action and we are calling for quick intervention by the National Police service to ensure police undergo mental check but we are on ground gathering more information,” he said.

By Allan Otieno

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