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Why police took 3 days to arrest Forest Road assault suspects

The Forest Road incident happened on Friday but police arrested the suspects on Monday.

A canva of an unidentified lady being harassed by boda boda riders along Forest road, Nairobi on Monday, March 7

Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso has explained why suspects in the assault incident that happened along Forest Road involving a female motorist were arrested on Monday, March 7 yet the attack happened on Friday, March 4.

Shioso was speaking during an interview on Citizen TV when one of the viewers of the Monday Report Show asked him to confirm when the incident happened.

It's alleged the incident happened on Friday Evening, can you ask him why there were no arrests done up until the public uproar arising from the online video! What took the enforcers so long to bring the hooligans to books?” asked Winfrey.

The police spokesperson explained that after the assault, the lady was taken to the nearby police station and the incident was booked.

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She was then allowed to go home for the weekend because she was traumatized and reported back on Monday to record a statement.

Most of the details of the incident didn’t come up. The same time the clip was coming out the lady had reported back to the police station and that is when the fullness of the whole issue came up and we took action.

She wrote the statement today and spent most of the day with police officers,” Shioso explained.

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“When we began this show, I mentioned that they were 16 who had been arrested but by now the numbers stand at least 32 with around 12 motorcycles inbounded. We have very good leads because the moment you arrest one or two they lead you to others,” Shioso said while appearing on Citizen TV.

Shioso further stated Police officers have been engaging in law enforcement operations with the aim of bringing sanity on Kenyan roads.

“We’ve been doing so many law enforcement operations to try and restore sanity on the roads. We have tried to engage motorcyclists through their local leadership to see how we can work together

"Most motorcyclists are on the road and do not follow the rule of law. In the event of an accident, I would advise motorists to analyze the situation and do what is best for your personal safety first,” the Police Spokesperson said.

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At the same time, Chief Justice Martha Koome has issued a statement condemning the assault of the young female motorist by a section of Boda Boda riders.

In a statement to newsrooms, CJ Koome said that the perpetrators involved in the incident should be apprehended and prosecuted with immediate effect.

“I join other Kenyans in condemning the heinous and cruel acts of violence meted out against a young female motorist earlier today. I register my unequivocal voice in declaring the act cruel, inhumane and obsoleting of any sense of humanity.

“I hope the perpetrators will be apprehended and processes through the criminal justice system in a systemic manner observing careful considerations of criminal investigation, persecution and efficient judicial management of any preferred case in accordance with the tenets of the constitution the rule of law,” reads part of Justice Martha Koome’s statement.

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CJ Koome further noted that the cruel and inhumane act that the female motorist was subjected to deserves the highest legal attention.

“As a woman and a Kenyan Citizen, I decry this act as barbaric and requiring the highest legal attention. Kenya women, girls and indeed citizens must feel protected and safe in their own country. This is a priority that we continue to pursue. Each Agency committed on its part of stem out Sexual and Gender Based Violence,” she added.

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