IPOA launches investigations into death of two Embu brothers

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has on Thursday launched investigations into the death of two brothers who were allegedly arrested by police for flouting Covid-19 protocols.

Benson Njiru Ndwiga and Emmanuel Mutura Ndwiga students at Don Bosco Technical Institute and Moi Kabarak University respectively were arrested by police officers from Manyatta on Sunday for flouting Covid-19 protocols only for their bodies to be found at Embu Level Five hospital mortuary.

In a statement, IPOA said that it had deployed its investigators from Nairobi to beef up their Meru Rapid Investigations counterparts who launched their investigations on Wednesday.

The Policing Oversight Authority said that the move was meant to fast track investigations.

“Upon conclusion of the investigations and pursuant to Section 6(a)of the IPOA Act, the Authority will make recommendations, including prosecution if criminal culpability is established on the part of the police officers involved,” said IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori.

She also discouraged members of the public from taking law into their hands by attacking the police and damaging public property as was illustrated on Wednesday.

“In this regard, IPOA calls for the public calmness and restraint as it undertakes thorough investigations into the matter,” she added.

This comes after the family sought answers following the mysterious death of two brothers.

Felix Thiga, Uncle to the deceased, said that the two were selling pig’s meat at Kianjokoma trading centre when they were arrested.


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