They can execute me and say I killed myself – depressed police officer says after disagreement with boss over extortion claims

By Franklin Wallah On Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 20:17 | 2 mins read
Corporal Alfred Nyikuri. PHOTO/K24 TV

A police officer based in Kisumu has revealed that he is fighting depression after facing harassment from his senior, Nyanza Regional Police boss John Karanja Muiruri who holds the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police.

Corporal Alfred Nyikuri formerly attached to Kondele Police Station says his tribulations begun on January 26 when he was assigned traffic police duties at Kondele Police Station.

In an exclusive interview with K24 TV, Nyikuri says his life is in danger after he refused to corporate thereafter.

According to Nyikuri, he was with four of his colleagues along the Kondele- Mamboleo road which is under construction when Nyanza Regional police boss showed up.

“At around 12:30 pm I saw the vehicle of the Nyanza Regional police boss John Karanja Mwiruri. When the vehicle stopped, I was shocked at how he shouted at me accusing me of getting drunk in pubs then accusing him of asking for money from us,” the disturbed police officer said.

Nyikuri then added that his boss warned him to tread carefully if he wanted to get promoted.

The Regional Police Commander then allegedly summoned Nyikuri and asked him to apologise for talking ill against him in a pub.

“I refused to apologise because I never spoke ill of my boss. That’s when he chased me out of his office and told me to expect the worst in my life,” Nyikuri said.

A day later he says, he had been duped. He now had a charge of disobeying a lawful command to answer to.

Nyikuri then said his ongoing training at Kiganjo Police Training College was also cut short after the police boss wrote to the college saying Nyikuri had an unfinished disciplinary case back at Kondele Police Station.

The officer now fears for his life stating that he might be executed.

“They can take me to Remba Island and kill me. Then say I committed suicide because of the emotional baggage I have at home,” Nyikuri said.

After being convinced the junior police officer needed urgent help to save the situation and shed off his tears, we wrote officially to the Inspector General of Police and handed over this letter to him in person.

All key allegations in this report were noted, as we requested for an audience with the man in charge of the over 2,000 police officers, and by extent, the head of the National Police Service in Kenya.

At the same time, we alerted the Internal Affairs Unit, after failing to get an official comment from the Nyanza Regional Police Commander John Muiruri, for almost four months while we were piecing up this story.

The inspector general promised to give us official feedback, but for over three months now, there has been none by the time of publishing this story.

Our sources within the national police service shared with us an official letter from the National Police Service Internal Affairs Unit, which clearly had a positive response to the matter at hand.

Part of it stated; “the Deputy Inspector General, Kenya Police Service looked into the matter and in his response, he informed us that you will be given a chance to attend a similar course in the next assembly in Kiganjo”.

We confirmed the letter was official and it was referring to Alfred Nyukuri.

Alfred is one among the many police officers going through frustrations from their seniors, and by bad luck, end up being victims of horrifying tales.

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