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IPOA Identifies Two DCI Detectives Who Abducted, Tortured Spy Queen Jane Mugoh



In Summary, 

  • IPOA, a Kenyan oversight body, investigated the November 2023 attack on Jane Mugo.
  • They concluded detectives Mumba Karisa and Joseph Kahuki were responsible.
  • IPOA urged the prosecutor to charge them with abduction, torture, and assault.
  • Mugo, a former undercover agent, runs a private investigation firm.
  • She has previously faced accusations from police, which she denied.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has instructed the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to press charges against two detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) regarding the abduction and torture of Private Detective Jane Mugo.

In their investigation report submitted to the DPP, IPOA has advised that CI Stephen Mumba Karisa and PC Joseph Kahuki be charged with abduction and torture offences.

According to IPOA’s findings, Karisa should also face charges for assaulting Mugoh.

On Thursday, November 24, Jane Mugo was assaulted by unidentified individuals around 6:30 pm at the Ainabkoi-Kapsabet junction while travelling from Bungoma to Nairobi County. She reported the incident at Kondoo Police Station in Kesses, Uasin Gishu County, stating that her abductors blocked her vehicle with a saloon Subaru. Unfortunately, she couldn’t capture the vehicle’s number plates.

The assailants used a machete to inflict injuries on Mugo’s face and hands. They kidnapped her driver, Kevin Okoth, and passenger Newton Manyana, before stealing her Prado vehicle along with her mobile phones and personal items.

After the attack, Mugo sought medical treatment at Burnt Forest County Hospital before being transferred to Reale Hospital in Eldoret Town.

In 2022, Mugo caused a stir in court by alleging that individuals intending to abduct and harm her were present during her arraignment. She claimed to have been kidnapped and tortured on November 24, 2021, and expressed concern that one of her potential assailants was present in court, using journalists to track her.

Following accusations of abduction and torture by law enforcement officers, IPOA launched an investigation to ascertain their veracity. They concluded that two detectives within the National Police Service were responsible and recommended their prosecution by the DPP.

Jane Mugo, a vocal investigator with training in criminology from Kenyatta University and the DCI, runs Trimo Security Limited, offering undercover investigations, debt collection, and security services. Despite facing accusations and threats from certain police officers, she remains dedicated to her work.

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