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Ipoa appeals to any witnesses over Eastleigh killing by police

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) has appealed for information from anyone who witnessed the alleged execution of two young men in Eastleigh by police last Friday.

Ipoa has promised to treat any information received with confidentiality.

The authority commenced investigation last Saturday into the shocking incident claiming that the two were summarily executed by persons said to be police officers.

CREDIBLE EVIDENCE

“The Authority appeals to any member of the public including motorists, pedestrians and anyone else who may have witnessed the unfolding events or may through any means have become privy of credible evidence on the incident to report to Ipoa,” said Dennis Oketch Head, communications and outreach department at Ipoa in a statement.

He requested the public with any information to report through telephone numbers 020-4906000, 0792532626 or 0773999000.

Witnesses can also send an email to [email protected] or [email protected], or visit their offices located at ACK Garden Annex 2nd Floor, 1st Ngong Avenue.

The authority’s investigation was prompted by a video footage which went viral on social media where a detective in plain clothes was seen executing an unarmed suspect in full public glare.

FULL FORCE OF LAW

IPOA dispatched its Rapid Response Unit to investigate the incident with a view of establishing circumstances of the shooting and if there is culpability ensuring those responsible face the full force of the law.

Nairobi County Police commander Japheth Koome, however, defended the officers, saying the suspect was wanted for killing two police officers from Kayole and Soweto last month.

Mr Koome was later quoted in other media as saying that the viral video was acted.

The two slain men according to comments on social media, are well-known armed robbers who have been terrorising Eastleigh and have been linked to the dreaded Gaza gang.