Kisumu men chained in church

The men were shackled on claims of being violent and being a threat to people's security.

Some of the men had their legs in chains while others were shackled in the hands. The clergyman said they were restrained because they had been violent and were attacking people.

The Coptic Church leader said they were being held on their families’ volition.

“It was unfortunate for the police to raid my church over such unsubstantiated claims,” said Father John Pesa.

“In fact, we are demanding an apology from them because they illegally forced access, wearing their boots into our sanctuary, which is a holy place. They must be ready to cleanse the place.”

Kisumu East Deputy County Commissioner Josephine Ouko led police officers in the raid but did not make an arrest.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Ms Ouko said the police were investigating the matter. She, however, denied claims that officers harassed the faithful during the raid.

“We received information that people were being held at his church against their will and subjected to inhumane conditions,” added Ms Ouko.

She pointed out that they were accompanied by officers from the Health department and psychiatrists to examine the patients.

In 2010, the church was sued over similar allegations but later exonerated by a court.

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