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SHOMARI OF VOA LIVE INTERVIEW EN APs RAID POLICE STATION

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Security agencies are on the spot after junior Administration Police officers stormed a police station, guns at the ready, and freed a colleague from detention. During the Sunday night raid at Nairobi’s Kileleshwa Police Station, 15 AP officers armed with G3 rifles freed their colleague, a sergeant who had been arrested the previous day by counterparts from the Criminal Investigations Department. The sergeant had been booked there on accusations that he helped two suspects escape from lawful custody. The raid angered senior officers from both sides, with discussions being held but no action had been taken against the errant officers by Tuesday afternoon. The Daily Nation learnt that charge sheets against the officers involved in the raid have been drawn and that they would be arrested. At the same time, some senior APs preferred the matter be dealt “administratively” so that the errant officers face internal disciplinary channels. The law is clear on cases where one helps a suspect to escape from custody, defining it as criminal. On Tuesday, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere addressed a section inspectors from both units at the CID training school, at the beginning of a course in community policing. “We must form the sober part of the community and be an institution that distinguishes itself by the manner in which we manage societal tensions and dispense the legal manner of arbitrating disputes between conflicting forces in the society we serve,” he told the officers gathered. Rekindled bitter relations He added: “Some things we have seen and heard leave me in serious doubt. They raise the question: Are we sailing in the same boat during this redefining moment (reforms) in our history?” The incident, which has rekindled bitter relations between officers from the two police units, happened at around 7.35pm, according to an official police report seen by the Daily Nation.
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