Civic leader, chiefs on murder charge over police killings

A Baragoi civic leader and four chiefs were jointly charged before a Maralal Court with robbing and murdering 12 police officers during last Saturday’s bandit attack.

However, Lawrence Sabastian Lorunyei, of Nachora civic ward, Jeremiah Ekurao, Amojong Lothuru, Christopher Epur Lokorachi and Ewoi Losike who are all chiefs in Baragoi division of Samburu County denied the charge when they appeared before principal magistrate, Charles Ndegwa.

The charge against them stated that they robbed the 12 police officers of their G3 rifles with each costing Sh70,000 before killing them.
They are said to have committed the offense at Suguta Valley of Samburu County.

The accused who were not represented asked the court to release them on bond but the prosecution led by Inspector John Mugo opposed the application.

He told the court that they intend to prefer more charges against the accused since investigations on the killings of security officers at Suguta Valley are still in progress.

“There are more than 42 police officers who were killed and we are still receiving more bodies,” Mr Mugo told the court.

The magistrate remanded the five at Maralal Police Station until November 26 when their case will be mentioned.