Kenya: Kenya Police watchdog probes brutal beating of varsity students

Nairobi, Kenya  (PANA) - Kenyan police human rights watchdog agency, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), has launched an investigation into the brutal beating of University of Nairobi students on Thursday, a spokesperson said on Friday.

Kenyan riot police were seen frog-marching university students from their residential areas and roundly subjecting them to brutal beatings.

IPOA Head of Communications, Dennis Oketch, said the oversight body launched an investigation into the reports shared widely on social media which showed police stormed a students' residential area to flush out the students.

Most students were heard screaming amid beatings by the police.

"IPOA noted from social media reports an incident in which members of the National Police Service allegedly stormed the University of Nairobi and assaulted students at the institution," Oketch said in a statement.

IPOA, which is established under the Kenyan constitution, said it called for an investigation on its own motion and proceeded to dispatch its Rapid Response Unit to investigate the matter.

"IPOA will investigate the allegations of assault and any other misconduct against the police officers,"  Oketch said.

The students were protesting the arrest of a student leader and Member of Parliament Paul
Ongili, also known as Babu Owino.

"The Authority requests for information that can further investigations from any
member of the public including students who were at any of the affected campuses," Oketch said.
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29 september 2017 14:52:11

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