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Two police officers held for neglecting duty

02 November 2015, 09:27 Steve Njuguna

Nyahururu - Two police officers are being held at Nyahururu police station for allegedly neglecting duty.

The two police constables only identified as Rotich and Babu were put in custody Sunday morning after they failed to explain how two minors who were under their watch escaped from the police cell.

The minors, aged 15 and 14 years from Maina and Manguo slums respectively were facing several counts of defilement at a Nyahururu law court.

According to a police officer at the station who sought anonymity, the two police officers who were on duty had sent the two minors to fetch water at a tap within the police station Sunday morning when they escaped.

“As in many instances, trivial cleanup work at the station is left to the young offenders as one way of reforming them. The officers had sent the two to go fetch water for performing the usual cleaning chores but instead they escaped,” said the officer.

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He said that on learning that the boys were taking long to bring the water, one of the officer decided to go and check on them only to find that they had already escaped.

The officer added that the fate of the two officers remains unclear as it was not clear whether they would be arraigned in court.

Confirming the incident, Nyandarua North OCPD Morris Assilah said that a manhunt has been launched as investigations continue to ascertain the whereabouts of the two suspects.

“Investigation has been launched to ascertain where the two could be hiding. Am sure they are still within the town and I would like to assure residents that they will be brought to book soon,” said Assilah.

He however declined to comment on reports that the officers are being locked at the station.

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