Investigations on murder of Tana River county assembly driver launched

Tana River Officer Commanding Police Division Sylvester Githungo briefing journalists PHOTO COURTESY

Tana River,KENYA:Tana River County security department has launched investigations on the killing of a county assembly driver allegedly occurred on Thursday night.

Speaking to news reporters on Friday, Galole OCPD Mr. Sylvester Githungo said Mr. Mohamed Funan Abdhalla, the county assembly driver (deceased) was suspected to be killed by gunmen at Boji along Garsen-Hola highway.

According to Mr. Githungo the driver had injuries on his head which he suspected to have been shot by the gunmen.

The OCPD told reporters that he got information on Friday morning at around 7 am from people commuting from Garsen – Hola who saw the vehicle in the bushes before reporting the incident.

Officers were dispatched to the scene where the OCPD said they saw the driver’s body shot and lay by the county government vehicle with registration number 04CG 006 A.

“This morning at around 7 am we got information from people who were travelling from Malindi to Hola who had seen the vehicle stopped in the bushes which made them not to understand what was going on with the vehicle then they reported.

We decided to go to the scene to know what was happening because it is not something usual, we deployed officers to the scene where they saw the body outside the vehicles laid on the ground shot on the head,” he said.

Prior to the incident, the OCPD said they had got information on Thursday night at around 1 am that three gunmen in police uniforms had tried to stop a probox demanding for a lift to reach their destination after introducing themselves as police officers from Wenje police station but they were denied a chance to board the vehicle because of driver’s suspicion.

The police boss added after getting that information of high jacking attempt dispatched officers during that night but he alleged to have seen nobody even through asking lorry drivers who had parked along the road.

Mr. Githungo suspected the three armed gunmen to have killed the county government driver who was suspected to have been behind the probox travelling that night.

The probox driver was said to have escaped narrowly after telling the gunmen that the vehicle was full and he was to drop the passengers a few kilometers away then return to pick them.

Mr. Githungo told reporters that the deceased was alone and it was very hard to get accurate information on  the killing but he alleged that the gunmen seemed to be mere robbers and urged the public not relate the incident to communal differences.