September 20, 2020

IPOA says police assaulted UoN students

By Jude Titus

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority [IPOA] has said that police officers brutally assaulted University of Nairobi students on April 2, 2016 after the post election riots following re-election of Babu Owino as SONU [Student Organization of Nairobi University] President.

IPOA said that they found clear evidence that was captured on video which showed police officers violating and assaulting students as some sustained bone fractures and other serious injuries. However they said that there was no evidence which indicated rape as was reported on the material day.

‘‘The alleged assault actually occurred and the same was perpetrated by police officers deployed on anti-riot operation within the University,’’ IPOA indicated in a statement.

The oversight authority went ahead to say that the assaulted students were not part of the rioting students.

‘‘Available evidence show that the assaulted students were not part of the skirmishes caused by rioting students and were instead pulled from the ADD building and halls of residence as they went about with revision for exams that were due,’’ IPOA reiterated in the report.

The authority blamed the police for not arresting the hooligans that caused havoc along several roads within the CBD.

It also blamed UoN’s administration and police for not co-operating well enough to ensure that the culprits face the full arm of the law as it should be.

‘‘IPOA has to date despite persistent requests, not received co-operation from both the University of Nairobi administration and National Police Service but investigations will continue,’’ the statement from IPOA read.

UoN students on 4th April burned the offices of the Students Organization of Nairobi University [SONU] after the re-election of Babu Owino as the Chairman for the fourth time in a row.

Several roads were closed among them sections of Uhuru highway and State House road as students displayed their displeasure with Owino’s win. The students that were on rampage said they wouldn’t accept Babu as he rigged the elections that his rival Mike Jacobs won authoritatively.

SONU leaders over the years have actively contributed in matters of national concern and at most times expressed students’ positions concerning national and international issues.

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