IPOA launches probe over pictures of arrested students on social media

By: JAMES NGUNJIRI

Police officers who took pictures and videos of students caught smoking bhang and having sex in a bus are being investigated, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has said.

In a statement on Friday, IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru said they are investigating how the students were handled by the police after the bus was intercepted.

“IPOA is greatly concerned about reports emerging especially in the social media which appear to indicate that the students who were arrested in the bus headed for Nairobi were subjected to treatment that appear not to have been in consonance with the afore-cited constitutional postulates,” the statement read in part.

“Pictures availed to IPOA and which are presently doing the rounds in the social media depict a number of young girls said to be the arrested students in various humiliating poses, exposing their private parts and with their faces clearly visible,” Mr Njeru said in the statement.

He said the authority will ensure that any police officer found to have acted against the law is prosecuted.

“Where the Authority’s investigations reveal culpability on the part of a member of the National Police Service, it will not hesitate to recommend prosecution and or disciplinary action against such police officers and their superiors who fail to take appropriate action,” he said.

On Wednesday, 45 students were arrested for smoking bhang, drinking and having sex in a bus.

Residents of Kibirigwi and Kiangwachi trading centres along Karatina-Nairobi road alerted the police who intercepted the bus at a roadblock.