The National Police Service (NPS) has issued a warning to Kenyans about a man who is armed and on the run who is suspected of killing Ida Odinga’s bodyguard.
In a Friday, October 14 appeal, detectives working the case announced that their colleague, Barack Oduor, had passed away.
Police requested that the public report the culprit at any nearby police station or contact the command center via emergency hotlines despite the fact that a manhunt had been begun for him.
“He escaped with the killer firearm that he robbed from the slain officer. Members of the public are equally cautioned to treat the suspect as armed and dangerous,” read the statement in part.
The police did confirm that a second person was being treated at a hospital in Kisumu City, though.
Oduor was shot in Riat by the suspect as he was returning home following a night of revelry, according to Kisumu County Police Commander Alphonce Kimathi.
Kimathi stated that the victim was engaged in a verbal altercation with a manager of a nearby club and restaurant when the manager went for the bodyguard’s gun and shot the victim dead at close range.
Oduor was shot three times, twice in the skull, once in the leg, and instantly passed away. The attacker then ran away from the crime site.
A ferry was used to transport the body of the dead to the mortuary at Jaromogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Ida apparently wasn’t home when the event happened in Kisumu. She was in Nairobi, according to pictures posted by Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
They welcomed Namgya Khampa, India’s new High Commissioner to Kenya, at their Karen residence.
As of the time of writing, her communications and security staff had not yet released a statement on the matter.