Family in demand of justice after police allegedly beat their son like “burukenge”

King Fahad County Hospital in Lamu

A family in Lamu is demanding justice for their son who was injured after he was allegedly brutally beaten by police officers.

Mr Yusuf Abuu, 19, a resident of Ndau village in Lamu East is now hospitalised at the King Fahad County Hospital where he was operated on two days ago after his appendix failed to work in what his parents claim to be as a result of the police beatings.

According to the victim’s uncle, Mzee Athman, Mr Abuu, together with others, was arrested and taken to Ndau Police Station after they were accused of stealing a duck from a neighbour.

Mr Athman said their efforts to have the matter solved communally were fruitless since a local administrator insisted that it be dealt with by the police.

“The police arrested our son and others and took them to their station in Ndau. That’s where all evils happened to our son and his colleagues. Before releasing them, the police threatened that they will finish them if they disclose what had befallen them at the station. After a few days our son started complaining of abdominal pains. We brought him here to the hospital and we are told he has developed complications of the appendix,” said Mr Athman.

Yusuf’s mother Tima Kassim asked the police to come out clear and explain what they did to her son who is now in critical condition.

“When they took him to the police station, my son was okay. He started developing complications shortly after he was released from police custody. He is now hospitalised and in critical condition. I demand answers about what happened to him. I don’t understand why the police are quiet over this incident,” said Mrs Kassim.

The family now wants the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) to intervene and investigate the matter.


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