IPOA sends team to Kajiado to probe death of Pakistani journalist
Independent Policing Oversight Authority, (IPOA) has sent a team to Kajiado County to begin investigations into the fatal shooting of senior Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif.
IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori speaking during a press conference on Monday said the Authority’s investigations will be independent from what the National Police Service is already doing.
The renowned 50-year-old journalist was shot dead Sunday night along the Nairobi-Magadi highway.
His wife Javeria Siddique confirmed the death early Monday morning via her social media handle.
While details of the death of the famous Pakistan TV show host remain scanty, a police incident report has opened a web of speculation online.
In the incident report, Magadi Police Station said claimed Shariff and his brother Kurram Ahmed had identified themselves as developers and residents of Nairobi.
According to the report, the two were driving along Kuenia-Kamukuru’s rough road and before they reached the Kiserian-Magadi highway, they found the road blocked using small stones and they allegedly ignored them.
“It was then they heard gunshots towards their vehicle directed from the front and rear. They did not stop and proceeded with the journey. Khurram called Naqar Ahmed also a Pakistan national who reside at Tinga and informed him about the Incident,” the police report said.
“He advised them to pass his place and on arrival at the main gate found his brother had died with a gunshot wound on the head which had penetrated from the back of his head and exited at the front side of his head.”
The vehicle had a bullet hole on the left side of the windscreen on the side the deceased was sitting, two bullet holes on the rear left back screen, one bullet hole on the rear right door, four holes right side of the boot and one front right tyre that had been depleted.
Sharif’s body was taken to Chiromo mortuary awaiting postmortem.
The High Commission for Pakistan in Nairobi is yet to release any official communication on his death.