Two officers from Molo Police Station in Nakuru County were attacked by residents while trying to arrest a businessman at Kamwaura trading centre in Kuresoi North Sub-County.
Confirming the incident, Kuresoi North Deputy County Commissioner Felix Watakila said the two were among three officers who were carrying their duties when they were attacked.
The officers, who were not in their uniform had gone to arrest a businessman identified as Peter Waithaka when angry residents descended on them.
Two officers sustained serious injuries and they were rushed to Molo Hospital to receive treatment.
The county commissioner urged the public to refrain from taking the law into their hands and to cooperate when officers are carrying out their duties.
Watakila said investigation into the incident is ongoing adding that that two firearms the officers had were not stolen and are safe at the Molo Police Station.
“It is true the incident happened and our officers are recovering at Molo Hospital. These were officers who were executing their lawful duties and we are wondering what made the locals to attack our officers,” said Commissioner Watakila as quoted by nation.co.ke.
The businessman, Waithaka, said the three officers who were not in uniform said he was under arrest and demanded that he accompanied them.
Since the officers did not have a warrant of arrest, Waithaka who followed them to their car thought they were thieves and he raised an alarm asking for help from the villagers.
“I followed them and they bundled me into a waiting Probox car telling me that I was under arrest. I was shocked because they claimed to be police officers and that the woman claimed to be an OCS at Molo Police Station.”
“When the villagers heard my cry for help and seeing that I had been bundled into the boot of the Probox car, they came to rescue me. There was a lot of tension at the trading centre,” said Waithaka.
The angry villagers burnt the car that the officers were using.