Officer in custody for killing colleague
20 May 2013, 14:30
Vihiga - An administration police officer in Vihiga is being held at Kodiaga Maximum prison pending hearing of his case on May 28 for allegedly killing his colleague.
Isaac Wafula appeared before Principal Magistrate, Grace Mmasi, and pleaded not guilty after being charged with murder of a colleague and robbery with violence.
Peter Maratani, who was arrested together with the officer, was also charged with the same counts.
The two were being held hostage at Vihiga police station after they were nabbed at Kwanza in Trans Nzoia County while on the run.
The officer had been on the run for over a week after he left his working station at the Emuhaya DC’s offices over claims that he wanted to take care of his wife who was ailing.
According to Emuhaya district AP commandant, Pius Sambu, the officer left a bible and his barret at the gate before absconding duty without permission.
“I was wondering what was happening to him because the way he left, he did not talk to anybody about what was happening to him,” said Sambu.
The AP commandant was suspicious that the officer was hiding more than was on the fore because three days prior to his running away from duty, a colleague at the same station had been killed.
The deceased officer, Ibrahim Jillo, sustained three gunshot wounds on his chest, thigh and left hand and his body was recovered near Kima market which is very close to the DC’s resident.
The gun that was in his possession got lost and was recovered at Chepsiro in Mt. Elgon at Peter Maratani’s home when dismantled and hidden on the roof.
“The officer led us to the home after we arrested him and we were lucky to recover the G3 riffle which was in possession of the deceased officer when he left his working station before he met his untimely death,” Sambu said.
It is now suspected that Isaac Wafula and Peter Maratani are the ones who were behind the scheme to eliminate Ibrahim Jillo and they will remain in police custody as investigations go on.
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