IPOA asks 26 varsity students in police assault to urgently record statements

October 3, 2017 11:48 am
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IPOA in a statement asked the victims not to shy away from visiting their offices in Upper Hill to record statements/JOSEPH MURAYA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has asked 26 University of Nairobi students who were injured during last week’s clash with the police to urgently record statements with them to facilitate investigations.

IPOA in a statement asked the victims not to shy away from visiting their offices in Upper Hill to record statements, which will assist in hastening the investigations before vacating their campus as ordered on Tuesday following the university’s closure.

“It has come to our attention that the University of Nairobi has been indefinitely closed. IPOA is kindly appealing o the 26 students injured during the police assault on Thursday 28th September 2017, not to leave until they have recorded statements with IPOA,” said chief executive Joel Mabonga.

IPOA assured of action against any police officer found to have used excessive force on the students when they raided their halls of residence and classes to flush out trouble makers.

They further urged all parties to be patient as they continue with investigations and also asked members of the public to furnish them with information which is important in the probe.

On Tuesday, Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome in turn stated that they were also looking for 35 students who were expelled from the university and who are blamed for the unrest witnessed in recent days.

Following the alleged police brutality on the students, the Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security Fred Matiangi on Monday said that the government doesn’t condone such action and stated that those found culpable will not be spared.

Matiangi also said he will make a substantive statement after receiving a comprehensive report from the Inspector General of Police.

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