Tension at National Oil fuel station over forced eviction

October 18, 2015 1:09 pm
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Two of the station's operators, Rajab Ahmed and Mohamed Ali were arrested and detained at the Kilimani Police Station in a dramatic turn of events less than 24 hours after they recorded a statement over harassment/FILE
Two of the station’s operators, Rajab Ahmed and Mohamed Ali were arrested and detained at the Kilimani Police Station in a dramatic turn of events less than 24 hours after they recorded a statement over harassment/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – There was tension at the National Oil Corporation (NOC) fuel station on Ngong Road near Uchumi Hyper Sunday morning after a group of youths raided the facility as police kept watch during a controversial dawn eviction.

Two of the station’s operators, Rajab Ahmed and Mohamed Ali were arrested and detained at the Kilimani Police Station in a dramatic turn of events less than 24 hours after they recorded a statement over harassment.

According to the police, they are accused of creating disturbance and harassment.

“It is quite saddening that we are being victimized despite having recorded a statement complaining of harassment. Today early in the morning, some people descended on the facility damaged property in police presence. They claim to have a court order which is yet to see,” Rajab stated.

“There is a legitimate lease that is ending next year in April. We read a lot of malice and it is quite unfortunate that you are victimised in the very place you expect to get justice,” he said.

Attempts to contact Kilimani Divisional Police Commander William Kattam did not bear fruits since his phone went unanswered to clarify whether his office has been served with the said court order.

The eviction squad stormed the facility at around 5am amid a heavy downpour.

At the scene, vehicles belonging to KK Group Security and a Police Land Cruiser blocked the entrance and exit of the petrol station which remained closed.

The value of destroyed property remains unclear but no injuries were reported.

This is one of the latest contentious evictions in which the police have been controversially involved after a Nairobi businessman Mukhtar Ahmed petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene following weekend evictions at electronic premises he operated for 35 years in which he lost goods worth over Sh20million.

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