Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has said that Stern action will be taken against members of the public who were as far as assaulting police officers. Boinnet said this on Friday after it emerged that University of Nairobi student leader Babu Owino had been arrested for allegedly slapping one of the police officers in Kilimani police station. Babu said he was arrested after he lost his temper and slapped a police officer.
Boinnet urged members of the public to follow the right procedures in registering their grievances with the authorities.
“It is incumbent of all Kenyans to obey the law as it is and to channel any grievances they may have using available legal avenues instead of taking the law into their hands,” Boinnet stated.
The University of Nairobi (UON) students leader Babu Owino had stormed Kilimani Police Station to demand the release of a suspect.
Owino divulged that he had gone to demand the release of a UoN student who had been arrested and in the process lost his cool slapping one of the police officers.
He refuted earlier reports that he had gone to seek the release of Nairobi businessman Chris Obure, who had been arrested for misuse of his firearm.
“Police in Kilimani had arrested a comrade last evening on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. I mobilised several youth who accompanied me to the station, where we demanded that the right procedure be followed in apprehending our fellow student.
“However, officers on duty harassed us, which made me lose my cool and slap one of them. That is when I was arrested,” Babu stated.
Still on Thursday, residents in Busia County torched Burinda AP post and a police vehicle after a female police officer shot and killed a boda-boda operator.
Police Spokesman George Kinoti, claimed that the locals also injured police officers during the chaos in Busia.