Eight prison officers, led by their inspector, stormed Madogo Police station in Tana River County on Thursday, August 26, and corked their rifles demanding the immediate release of their colleague who had been arrested.
The prison inspector tried to grab the Occurrence Book (OB) but the report office personnel were quick enough to stop him from doing so.
A scuffle ensued as the police officers manning the report office desk attempted to evict him from the premises.
Police officers who were present raised an alarm, alerting their colleagues who responded swiftly. One of the invading police officers fired his rifle to scare the rescue team.
According to officers attached to Madogo Police Station, the prison officer had been arrested for contravening curfew orders. During the arrest, the prison officer allegedly assaulted two officers.
One of the cops is said to have sustained injuries on his hands while his colleague suffered multiple injuries on the face, all injuries inflicted by the prison officer.
“The prison officer who had been arrested for contravening curfew orders and while he was being arrested he turned violent and assaulted two police officers who sustained injuries on his right-hand palm and elbow after being strangled and pushed to the ground,” reads a report recorded at Madogo police station.
“The other officer sustained injuries on his lower and upper lip and his right index finger.”
This comes amid a campaign by National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to address the ever-escalating suicide and murder cases among police officers.
The scheme, which is aimed at addressing depression – the main cause of the high cases of murder and suicide – will see officers undergo mental assessment, before being put on a recovery programme.
In the exercise, more than 100,000 police officers will undergo mental tests with the aim of determining if they are fit to discharge their duties effectively.