Man helping in retrieving of lives in Yala river goes into hiding in fear for his life

A Yala local diver who helped retrieve a corpse on the Yala River is now crying out for harassment and intimidation by police.

Nicholas Okero Okite, a diver who assisted in removing the bodies from the river, claims he received threats and threats.

He is already in hiding and explains that on Wednesday he was forced to flee to a neighbour’s house after he was allegedly warned by a murder officer that they would arrest him again if they were found guilty.

“Apart from these threats, a car with dark mirrors was seen around my house while people inside were taking pictures,” Okite said.

“My volunteer work is in jeopardy because of the threats I receive from detectives and now from cars and strangers taking pictures of my house.

Okero said he is scared now and is just praying to God to protect his family as recent developments seem to be detrimental.

“I have no peace of mind because of the many threats I receive,” Okero added.

He said he received a call Wednesday morning from Gem DCIO sub-county stating that the leader of the assassination team investigating the Yala River issue wanted to see him and reward him for returning some water. Last Friday.

He says when he received the call, the police turned on him.

I answered the call and went to the Yala police station where the police detained me and interrogated me for over eight hours. They claimed that I was the one hiding the bodies among the rocks of the Ndanu cliffs.

He says he was forced to record a statement detailing his role in connection with the massacre and dumping of bodies on the Yala River.

“On Friday, January 28, 2022, I was summoned by detectives and this time I was interrogated for hours before forcing me to record a statement,” Okero said.

The diver maintains that he only helped to pick up those who appeared on the river.

When asked to comment, Gem Sub-County Police Commander Charles Chacha denied the allegations.

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