NAIROBI Kenya, Aug 16 – Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku has directed the police to expedite investigations into the killing of two people who were shot dead at a jewelry shop in Nairobi on Monday.,
He urged the family to be patient as investigators piece together evidence that can help them get the attackers.
Lenku who spoke in Mombasa said detectives had already obtained CCTV footage which they are analysing for evidence.
”I won’t think it is assassination; it is something that we are investigating but we are yet to unveil what happened,” he said.
He however noted that, “it was a matter that was really saddening.”
The footage seen by Capital FM News shows three gunmen walking into the jewelry shop where they opened fire at a police officer based in Narok before they walked out.
One of them is seen walking back and shooting at his sister-in-law in the head as she screamed.
According to detectives familiar with investigations, the footage reveals that they first shot the man and as they were leaving, the woman screamed which provoked them to shoot her.
“The footage shows how they came along the street where one person was left in the car as the rest headed to the shop (at Corner House). They first shot the man and as they were leaving, the woman screamed which provoked them to shoot her,” a senior police officer involved in the investigations told Capital FM News.
“The intention was not to steal but possibly planned murder”, said the officer.
The woman was set to get married on Saturday and had gone to purchase a wedding ring in the company of her husband who was unhurt during the incident.
The husband’s brother is the police officer who was shot and who later succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro also says it is too soon to determine the motive of the killings.
Nairobi Central Divisional Police chief Patrick Oduma described the intention as unique as the assailant only killed the two persons and left.
“So far I cannot say there are crucial leads but I’m sure we are going to get them. Even if I want to define this situation as robbery, I can’t since the circumstances do not allow me to say so; they just shot them and left, “he affirmed.
“This was one of its kind; we are going to make sure we bring to book whoever is involved; it was murder.”
On the question of who could have been a possible target, the police Chief said, “We cannot say that it was the bride or the police officer (brother-in-law) who was targeted. All these people are dead and no one has come to say so.”
The bride, Beatrice Nyaoke was set to renew her marriage vows this weekend.
Nyaoke, a mother of four was wife to Newton Owino, 40.
The husband who was left unhurt in the Monday incident works as a security guard.
The slain man identified as Ayub Nyaoke, was a police officer with the anti stock theft unit and had taken time off to attend his brother’s wedding which was scheduled for this Saturd
During the incident that occurred at 4pm, Nyaoke sustained head injuries from the shot to his head but succumbed to injuries on Tuesday night at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Nyaoke, a police officer based in Narok, had traveled to Nairobi to attend his brother’s wedding.
He had accompanied the couple for shopping in the city centre when three gunmen confronted them at a shop and shot them, killing the bride on the spot.