NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome has refuted claims by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority of unlawful confinement of its official at the Kayole Police Station.
Koome says the official was legally arrested and held in the station for causing fracas, an incident that was also witnessed by members of the public, when he went to hand over a petition.
“He was legally arrested,” the police boss asserted.
IPOA however insist that the officer was arrested after he attempted to hand over summons to the area OCPD Ali Nuno, whom they are investigating over a number of allegations which include corruption, misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.
Nuno is also being investigated of obstructing IPOA officers from undertaking inspection at the station.
“After reading the summoning letter, he declined to receive it and ordered IPOA officers to get out of his office. The IPOA officers then left and while proceeding to leave the OCPD’s office, the OCPD pursued and grabbed one of the IPOA officers,” reads the statement by IPOA Chief Executive Officer Joel Mabonga.
The Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewing the file.
On corruption, Nuno is said to have failed to pay some officers under him their allowances, “after performing duty of offering security during President Obama’s visit in July 2015.”
“Witnesses have recorded statements but the OCPD has refused to honour summons and instructed officers under his command not to cooperate with the Authority.”
The OCPD is being probed over illegal arrests and detention, “without being recorded in the OB as per the law.”