The dreaded squad was involved in the disappearances and extrajudicial executions of civilians, human rights crusaders, and even other police officers.
And then all of the officers who were in the squad died in mysterious circumstances. Some just disappeared.
The force consisted of Zebedeo Maina, who was allegedly shot by his juniors during an operation to rescue a kidnapped child, Chief Inspector John Kariuki, Sergeant John Gitahi, Bernard Kiriinya and the former leader of the Flying Squad Reche Nyagah, who all mysteriously died, and Richard Katola, who suffered a stroke. Three more have disappeared and were never found.
Before his death in 2010, Kiriinya confessed on videotape that he was a member of the death squad that strangled, shot and hacked 60 people to death. He handed the tape to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) days before he was shot dead in Nairobi’s Westlands.
Elimination of Suspects
Eleven years after the murders, a tape leaked a Conversation extracted from a group of telegrams indicates the existence of a well-structured execution squad within the National Police Service (NPS) tasked with removing suspects.
The leaked conversation accessed by Nation.Africa in April 21 revealed a well-planned ambush that came after an analysis of the suspects’ routine. Although the language used in the conversation is encrypted, Nation.Africa was able to determine that one of the target suspects had traveled to Lukoi in Busia County on April 8, according to an official by the name of Rogers.
In the group Shared screenshots revealed the suspect’s conversation with another suspect, whom officers identified as Bob, who lives in Kayole but was on the run and was suspected of being in Dandora or Huruma.
The officers of the Interview mentioned that three suspects had been killed and two had not yet been found. The conversation pointed to a team determined to kill, not arrest.
A report by several human rights groups, the annual Missing Voices report, found that 167 people were killed or killed by police in 2020 There were 157 as a result of police killings and 10 disappeared in police custody.
Several police officers questioned by the nation on condition of anonymity said there were several “companies” within the service that were tasked with removing hardship cases – core criminals and suspects of terrorism.
“You are working with informants, most of whom are also members of the gangs. Snitches are always criminals themselves. The bosses know and the order is usually to eliminate the hardened criminals because if they are brought to justice they will be rescued and come back and pose a threat to the people and the police.
” But the same cops get caught up in the ring and eliminate their accomplices after the deals are sealed to change or silence them, ”the cop revealed.
Switch from bullets to strangulation
He also revealed a variation in the way cops eliminate suspects. Unlike in the past when bullets were used, the murder officers are now kidnapping the people destined for elimination and either strangling or poisoning them.
This is due to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) and some human rights groups have stepped up investigations into the murders, and when it comes to bullets, it’s easy to extract ballistic evidence and prosecute the police officers involved.
Another police officer announced that in cases where police officers use their guns in eliminating the target, the scene is rigged to justify the killing.
“I always see the media taking photos of guns on the killed Suspects have been planted and wonder why you are never question why the gun is always a homemade gun. Why don’t you ask why only a homemade gun was salvaged, but sometimes up to five people were killed in what our bosses usually call violent shooting? “He asked.
He revealed that the homemade guns and real guns with serial numbers erased are preferred in this case because they cannot be traced by ballistic inspectors.
Blessings from the bosses
Nation.Africa has learned that the current hit teams, including Radiation Squad, Alternating Current or simply AC, which later became known as Hessy, have the blessing of the NPS.
The Legion the killer cops among the AC squad – Hessy wa Kayole, Hessy wa Dandora, Hessy wa Eastlando, and other Hessys – have used social media to warn suspects before they are killed.
Officers working in the death squads have eliminated each other for treason and provided insight into what might have happened among the members of the Eagle Squad.
In the affidavit given to the KNCHR, Kiriinya gave the Names of victims, locations of murders and Cases he witnessed.
A KNCHR report, Cry of Blood, compiled primarily from Kiriinya’s confession, had been released prior to his killing. According to the report, the Kenyan police were involved in extrajudicial killings between June and October 2007. The corpses were deposited in distant corpses, garbage dumps, dams, forests and rivers.
“All NCOs in our squad received 15,000 Sh and the police 10,000 each Sh as a token of appreciation, “Kiriinya had said in his confession.
In June 2020, Wikileaks released a letter from a Kenyan police officer alleging that a senior civil servant and a retired police commissioner ordered the killing of prominent politicians.
He said the police unit was the deceased Kwekwe troops, and that they were paid Sh 25,000 a week in allowances and Sh 150,000 each for carrying out the attacks. In the killing of Mungiki members, the police used the same tactics that the banned gang had used.
According to the letter, the bodies of the victims were dumped in Tsavo West National Park to be eaten by hyenas , and at the Ruai sewage treatment plant, where corpses were dumped in the middle of the night.
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Police units have been subjected to several executions, disappearances and gangland deaths involved some Kenyans, including Abubakar Shariff aka Makaburi, Sheikh Aboud Rogo, Sheikh Ibrahim Omar, lawyer Willie Kimani and two others, the Baringo Six, the Kitengela Four, including 16 cartridges’
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While visiting Kayole in December 2019, criminal investigation director George Kinoti was faced face-to-face with the reality of the killings n by the police and after hearing testimony from families, he said he would investigate the Squ reports.
“I say no one will ever cover a cop who kills under my watch,” Kinoti said . In January 2020, he disbanded the Flying Squad Unit and replaced it with the Special Service Unit (SSU).
However, the SSU was not spared allegations of extrajudicial murders and executions because, although the unit shed its Names, the DCI kept some of the trigger-happy police officers.
Just last week, human rights groups urged Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Police Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai to publicly denounce the spiral killings of suspects and innocent people in the country . Her testimony came after the kidnapping, torture and killing of four men in Murang’a and one other resident of Mathare.
During the release In the missing votes report, human rights organizations put pressure on Mr Mutyambai to get rid of them stop increasing cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. The nation received no comment from Mr Mutyambai despite several calls and texts on his phone.
The Working Group on Police Reform (PRWG) says the Constitution protects the right to life, the safety of citizens and the rights of citizens Guarantees arrested person, fair trial, freedom from torture and human dignity.
“The story that if you have allegedly committed a crime you must be executed is worrying. That means none of us are safe, “said Peter Kiama, director of the independent medical and legal department.
Security analysts say extrajudicial executions in the country are being carried out with the knowledge of the best minds in America Home Office.
One of the analysts, Mr. Kiyo Ng’ang’a, says the police, which is part of the formal criminal justice system, should process criminals through the correct channel.
“” Vigilante-style justice should not exist within the National Police Service. “
He asked the Internal Affairs Division (IAU) to investigate and arrest the complaints. The IAU, which was founded a few years ago, was commissioned to investigate and deal with such questions internally.