Angry villagers in Nyando sub-county torched four houses at Hezekiah Nang’o’s home in Kobura village following an incident where the body of a man was found dumped in a pit on September 5.
According to Kobura residents, the man identified as Stephen Onyango Otieno went missing on August 24, a matter that was reported at Nyando police station two days later.
Nyando sub-county police boss Leonard Muhanda told media that they had been doing the investigations together with the villagers from August 24, the day the matter was brought to their attention.
“On August 24, this year we received a report at Ahero police station which was reported that one Stephen Onyango Otieno was missing so we have been looking for him with the help of the members of the public,” said Nyando police boss Leonard Muhanda.
Muhanda who was at the scene where the body of Stephen Onyango Otieno was being retrieved told the media that they have already identified the suspect who is at large but assured the residents that the culprit who be brought to book very soon.
He also urged Nyando sub-county residents to stay calm and avoid developing fear as police officers are handling the matter.
“Do not fear, this is an isolated case which was done by an individual, who will be soon arrested to tell us more about his intention,” he added.
The villagers also asked the area chief and police heads within Nyando to work together, adding that the suspect is a jailbird and should not skip severe punishment when arrested. They noted that Hezekiah Nang’o’s home where the incident took place was once holy and no one could imagine that such bizarre would happen.
However, the exercise of retrieving more bodies that were suspected to be in the pit was futile as no dead body was found by the police.
The deceased body was since moved to Nyando sub-county hospital morgue awaiting for postmortem.