DCI denies arrest of Sakaja aide
Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Mohamed Amin yesterday told the High Court that investigations into the mysterious disappearance of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s aide Osman Khalif are going on.
At the same time, Duncan Okatch who is among a team of lawyers representing the Khalif’s family told Justice Chacha Mwita that his client was still missing.
Amin, through Peter Njeru. who is the DCI regional co-ordinator for Nairobi area, denied that Khalif was abducted by his officers.
Njeru told the court that on November 10 at 1900hrs, a report on Khalif’s alleged abduction was made by his wife, one Yasmin at Parklands police station.
Yasmin made an OB entry that her missing husband was bundled into a Toyota pickup, silver in colour registration number KCT 163H.
After receipt of the report, and due to the seriousness of the matter, Njeru directed DCI Parklands office to commence investigations.
A request to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in reference to the registration number of the double cabin pickup, KCT 163H was made. The DCI wanted to know the vehicle’s ownership.
NTSA told the DCI that the vehicle was a yellow PSV Toyota coach belonging to Wasulu Logistics Limited.
“We formed an opinion that either the said double pickup was branded with the same number plates of the PSV Toyota coach. Alternatively, Yasmin could have read the number wrongly,” said Njeru.
With this information, DCI endeavored to know whether there was any CCTV footage, which may have captured Khalif and Yasmin’s movement from Sarit Centre to the packing lot in order for them to see the alleged abductors.
“We made a request to the Sarit Centre for the footage. Their response was that their CCTV cameras were only covering their premises and that where the alleged abduction took place is a Nairobi County government parking lot,” said Njeru.
The court heard that the scene of the alleged abduction was not covered by any CCTV.
They later requested Yasmin to provide the mobile phone of the abductee for data analysis but she was yet to comply.
Njeru told Justice Mwita that due to the seriousness of the matter, the DCI intends to carry out cyber analysis at the scene of the alleged abduction with a view to identifying any other number that would have been at the scene at that time.
“We appreciate the effort you have made but this is a citizen. And the accusation before us is that it’s the police,” posed the Judge.
Njeru requested they be given more time to investigate the matter.
The judge gave police until November 27 to appear in court and confirm whether they had found Khalif or not.
On Friday, Justice Muita issued summons for the Inspector General of Police and the DCI to appear in court to explain Khalif’s whereabouts.
In his brief ruling, Justice Mwita issued summons for the two top cops to appear in court armed with details to demystify Khalif’s disappearance on November 10, 2023.
The judge further ordered the IG to present before court information of the investigations undertaken so far into the abduction saga.
The judge further ordered Safaricom PLC to provide crucial information on the incident.