NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – There was panic at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport earlier Wednesday morning, when a female police officer shot herself dead.
The deceased Corporal who identified herself on Facebook as Bella Caude Ian is reported to have locked herself in the toilet, where she shot herself in the head using a pistol. Her colleagues said her real names are Gaudencia Wausi Muinde.
“A loud bang was heard from the toilet where she had locked herself and that is where her lifeless body was found,” a police officer at the airport told Capital FM News.
It’s understood the officer was initially on duty at the Control Room before the 10am incident.
Police were analysing messages she is reported to have left behind, including some sent to colleagues complaining of stress at work.
She had been on leave and was recalled Wednesday, according to her colleagues.
“She just reported to work today, she has been away,” another officer said of the young female officer who took away her life.
On her Facebook page, she had posted a message that appeared to insinuate that she was facing challenges that could have led to her committing suicide.
Doris Malibe, her colleague at JKIA said on Facebook that she was “Mourning my friend and colleague Bella Caude Ian..though its too early to take your own life at this early stage. Anyway RIP its already done no turning back.”
The pistol used in the suicide mission was found next to her body.
Stanoh Kithome who identified himself on Face book as a “close friend, schoolmate and neighbour” to the deceased wrote, “Bella Caude Ian am not believing you are gone…. Just the other day you came from leave, return to Work at the JKIA police post only for you to shoot yourself……. Only God knows why u have decided to kill yourself…….My Condolences to the family and may his soul.”
Airport Police chief Rono Bunei did not immediately comment on the matter and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had not been briefed on the incident when journalists posed the question to him at a news conference.
Incidents of law enforcement officers committing suicide or shooting colleagues dead are on the increase lately.
On Tuesday evening a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger was arrested after shooting dead his colleague in Embu.
The officer shot and wounded his boss before he was disarmed and locked up after the incident that occurred at a KWS camp within Mwea National Game Reserve.
In June, a police officer was shot dead after killing six of his colleagues at the Kapenguria Police Station in a day-long siege that was initially thought to be a terror attack.