A footage on Friday captured in the Eastleigh area of Nairobi is causing an outcry from Kenyans about extra judicial killings.
The minute-long footage shot from a balcony shows one man lying in a pool of blood on the street while another is being confronted by what is thought to be police officers.
When the confronted suspect tries to struggle with an officer before he is shot at close range. Four more gunshots are heard as the camera moves away.
A few seconds later when the camera comes back, the officer is seen standing over the suspect asking his colleague for a pistol, firing five more times.
It is unclear when exactly the incident occurred but Nairobi County Police Boss, Japheth Koome, says the men killed were part of a notorious gang. He said the gang which is known as Superpower, has been terrorising residents of Eastleigh and other parts of Eastlands in Nairobi.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, Mr Koome added that ”the man who was fatally shot had shot dead two officers in Nairobi in a span of one week”.
”Do not worry about that incident. You know one thing I will tell you, we, as police service, have a responsibility to ensure you leave your place of work and get to your home safely; we have a responsibility to protect life and property. It is not a small responsibility, it is enormous!”
”As we are talking, I am in Meru County burying my officer namely Corporal Mwiti who was shot dead last Saturday night. The same gangster in that footage that has been widely shared online shot dead my officer last night in Kayole.”
Mr Koome, however, said the video clip which has been shared widely online was edited to a shorter version in other to blackmail the police.
”Why doesn’t the video show extensively what transpired before the shooting? Somebody is trying to blackmail the police. We won’t allow that! Let us have credible evidence (that my officers acted extra judicially). But I am sorry, Koome has no time for that one. I am not sorry for what happened.”
Public Reaction To Extra Judicial Killings
Kenyans on social media have led the debate on the extra judicial killings, whether the police’s action was uncalled for and should be prosecuted.
The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), an NGO that seeks to promote the rights of torture victims termed the killing ”cold blooded murder”.
”IMLU condemns misuse of firearms either by civilians or police officers and calls upon IPOA and IAU to move with speed to investigate alleged police involvement in this cold blooded murder,” said the NGO in a statement.
Following the outcry, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet condemned the killing and ordered for investigations into the incident.
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