12 Cops From Disbanded SSU Unit Freed Under Strict Conditions

Officers outside the DCI Forensic Laboratory.
Officers outside the DCI Forensic Laboratory.

Twelve officers from the disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU) squad were set free on Thursday, December 1, after almost two months of being held behind bars. 

Kiambu Court released the cops linked to the murder of Indian nationals hired to work with President William Ruto's campaign team. 

However, the court warned the police officers, released on personal bonds, against contacting any witnesses presented in court.

They were also ordered to avail themselves for DNA examination in the kidnapping and murder case. 

Officers of the defunct SSU unit in Kiambu court on November 10, 2022.
Officers of the defunct SSU unit in Kiambu court on November 10, 2022.

Further, the specially trained officers were instructed to record statements constantly at DCI headquarters along Kiambu road.

According to court directives, interference with witnesses and evidence would lead to the termination of their bonds.

"They were set free on the grounds that they obey court orders and avail themselves to allow their DNA tested at the government chemist because its appears the National Forensic lab is not yet in operation," one of their lawyers stated.

"We still stand firm that the SSU officers are innocent. They will go for DNA testing when we agree. We have postponed the matter towards January 16 so that they can reunite with their families," lawyer Danstan Omari insisted.

President William Ruto disbanded SSU shortly after assuming power. He linked the unit to a series of mysterious murders and forced disappearances in the country.

He thus vowed to bring down cases of extra-judicial killings in the country under his reign.

The unit was formed by the former DCI boss George Kinoti in 2018 to tackle cases of insecurities in the country.

However, DCI Ibrahim Amin disclosed plans to form a sharp shooting unit. This after he announced plans to recruit marksmen and women to join a special squad, targeting officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) and the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).

DCI Boss Mohamed Amin
DCI Boss Mohamed Amin
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