One dead, two injured as riders confront police
02 June 2015, 15:43
Bungoma - One man was killed and two others left with bullet wounds after boda boda riders tried to storm a police station in Sang’alo, Kanduyi, to set free a suspect so they could lynch him.
Police at the station had a hectic time trying to control the irate riders baying for the blood of a suspect who had been rescued by police officers at Luyekhe village, Namwacha Sub location.
The Monday evening melee followed an incident where angry residents hunted for the suspect to kill him accusing him of being an accomplice in a murder in the same village Monday morning.
Namwacha Assistant Chief, Ignatius Wekesa said the riders had almost overpowered the police who had to call for reinforcement from Bungoma Police station but the unruly riders were not moved, forcing the officers to shoot at them.
He said that the rescued suspect was identified as Noah Sikuku while his accomplice who was lynched was only identified as Mr. Nyongesa.
“The two had been accused of killing Mr. Moses Simiyu, a motorbike rider in Musikoma village in the outskirts of Bungoma town last Monday and it is alleged that they were heard bragging of how they had murdered many riders before confiscating their motorbikes,” said Wekesa.
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Bungoma County Commissioner, Mohamed Maalim condemned the riders' act of storming the police station with an intention of snatching the suspect and lynch him.
“The trend being set by boda boda riders to storm police station to get suspects from cells is not acceptable and as the security agencies, our work is to protect the lives and properties of all Kenyans,” said Maalim.
He said that the riders were planning to set ablaze the police station the way they did in Lugulu three months ago, forcing the officers to spent the night in the cold after losing all their personal effects.
“A police station is a government institution which holds dangerous weapons and the public should not even think of storming it because police have been given the mandate to shoot if they feel their lives are in danger and that is what took place in Sang’alo on Monday,” said Maalim.
He said that despite holding a sensitization meeting with the riders leaders and arriving at the resolution to guide them, they are still unruly and wanted to take the law into their hands.
Those injured are recuperating at Bungoma County Referral Hospital while the deceased body is lying at the same health facility's mortuary.
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