Gov­er­nor Obado quizzed for 7 hours

Gov­er­nor de­nies al­le­ga­tions against him as his se­cu­rity is tight­ened amid protests

Business Daily (Kenya) - - FRONT PAGE - Aggrey Mutambo amu­tambo@ke.na­tion­media.com

Mig­ori Gov­er­nor

Okoth Obado was last evening putting on a strong show in the face of al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing the ab­duc­tion and mur­der of univer­sity stu­dent Sharon Otieno. Yes­ter­day he pre­sented him­self to the Nyanza DCI o ices...

Mig­ori Gov­er­nor Okoth Obado was last evening putting on a strong show in the face of al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing the ab­duc­tion and mur­der of univer­sity stu­dent Sharon Otieno.

At the Kisumu’s Nyanza DCI head of­fice, Mr Obado emerged from a seven-hour ques­tion­ing and was whisked out of the po­lice sta­tion in po­lice cars.

He had told in­ves­ti­ga­tors of the need to main­tain his se­cu­rity amid protests in Mig­ori as he re­jected any links to the kid­nap­ping and mur­der of Ms Otieno.

His lawyers Cliff Om­beta and Roger Sa­gana fronted a de­fence, say­ing their client was not in­volved in the mur­der or scheme to kid- nap.

“Our client should not be associated with what hap­pened. He has not been ar­rested. He came here to record a state­ment and that is what he has done,” Mr Om­beta said.

But for a man who was driven into a po­lice sta­tion to give his side of the story, the dra­matic way he was whisked out of the sta­tion raised ques­tions.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, de­tec­tives had also taken un­spec­i­fied sam­ples from him, although Mr Om­beta de­clined to con­firm if they were DNA re­lated, ar­gu­ing they could jeop­ar­dise in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Sources say Mr Obado told the po­lice that while he may have met or spoke with Ms Otieno and jour­nal­ist Bar­rack Oduor, he had not planned to abduct or kill them.

He was thrust into controversy last week af­ter Ms Otieno, seven months preg­nant, was kid­napped and later found mur­dered by the road­side in Homa Bay. She was kid­napped to­gether with Na­tion jour­nal­ist Bar­rack Oduor who said he es­caped from the cap­tors' mov­ing car and re­ported to Kendu Bay Po­lice Stati=on.

Mr Oduor named Michael Oyamo, Obado's PA, as the per­son who in­vited him to the meet­ing that led to the ab­duc­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Obado dis­tanced him­self from the ac­tions of his PA.

De­tec­tives in­clud­ing those from the Homi­cide sec­tion were ques­tion­ing him to ex­plain whether the PA acted on his in­struc­tions to hire the sus­pected four-mem­ber killer gang.

He de­nied. Mr Oyamo had also de­nied hir­ing the gang.

As Mr Obado sat in the in­ter­ro­ga­tion room, po­lice also brought in Mr Oyamo from Homa Bay.

Po­lice had re-ar­rested him mo­ments af­ter he was "un­con­di­tion­ally" re­leased as or­dered by court, af­ter po­lice failed to charge him.

De­tec­tives had also taken un­speci ied sam­ples from him, although Mr Om­beta de­clined to con irm

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