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Suspect in police murder to be detained for 30 days

[Supect in Lamu police murder case Arafat Abdallah (centre) with MUHURI rapid Response Officer Francis Auma (right). Photo/Ernest Cornell].

Lamu court has granted police the detention of a suspect believed to have been involved in the killing of Police constable Rodgers Odhiambo in June this year.

Lamu Magistrate Martin Wachira granted the prosecution 30 more days as investigations into the killing of Mr Odhiambo on June 20, continues.

The 30 year old Arafat Abdallah who went into hiding since then is suspected to have been involved in the killing of the police constable who during his death was unarmed.

Police said they wanted Abdallah dead, forcing the young man to hide in the bush for two months.

Last week, Muslims for Human Rights – MUHURI presented Abdallah to Lamu East OCPD Emmanuel Okanda.

Murder charges

Mr Okanda together with other authorities pressed murder charges against the youth.

Police had earlier arrested five more suspects in connection with the killing of Odhiambo.

Lamu County commissioner Irungu Macharia said among the suspect was one person who made various phone calls to Odhiambo and his family before the night the police officer was accosted by armed men and killed.

“Odhiambo was hacked to death by men armed with pangas on June 10, at night. He was in civilian and was from a nearby shop in Tchundwa when he was accosted,” said Mr Macharia.

[The late Police constable Rodgers Odhiambo. Photo/courtesy/Officer in Operation].

The security agent was killed, his body left on the ground and the gang disappeared.

Tchundwa has been notorious for killings of public officers and police have vowed to spare no one in their ongoing investigations.

In his recent tour in Lamu County, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata warned Lamu residents against attacking public officer adding that all those involved in the killing of police officers, Chiefs or any community leader will be thoroughly dealt with.