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Report Reveals Nairobi’s 7 Most Dangerous Police Stations

A report issued by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) through their chair, Anne Makori, on Wednesday, March 4, has advanced this claim by detailing Nairobi’s deadliest police stations.

These are notorious in their own right for the number of deaths as well as accusations of torture that seep out of their walls.

In the rankings, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Pangani, Huruma, Mathare, Kariobangi, Kamukunji and Dandora featured as the seven deadliest police stations across the city.

The authority tabled the findings while addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Justice Legal Affairs and Human Rights led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei.

It detailed that it had recorded 210 cases of death over the past 15 months. 146 of these were attributed to police action, 39 to death while in police custody while 25 were linked to enforced disappearances. In the final number crunch, it emerged that 45 of the cases were in Nairobi while the rest were distributed across other regions.

For the cases in Nairobi, 35 died due to police action, six were forced disappearances while four died in police custody. All of these cases were reported in the slums.

Other towns in the country were not left out of this tide of terror with Nyeri Central Police Station, Eldoret Central Police Station as well as Nyali Police Station making their mark as part of the dangerous stations.

Anne Makori, the Chair of IPOA, stated that of the cases reported 75 were before the courts, 34 were pending approval at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) while 20 files were awaiting submission to the same office.

She added that over the 15 month period in which the data spanned, there had been six convictions with three culminating in a death sentence.

Justifying the low conviction rates, Makori provided that police failed to report killings as required by law, the national police service failed to implement its recommendations on the same and a scarcity of resources all negatively impacted their work.

Human rights groups called for a formation of a commission of inquiry to probe the cases of police executions. The groups said that the cases were on the rise especially in the slums and informal settlements.

They stated that rogue officers were operating with impunity, arresting civilians and torturing them before executing them.

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