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Police deny claims that sacked Prisons boss has been arrested

The National Police Service has denied claims that the sacked Kenya Prisons Service Commissioner-General Wycliffe Ogallo has been arrested.

Through its Twitter handle, the Police Service clarified that its officers were only facilitating a smooth and seamless handover of office by escorting the General home.

“This is to clarify that police only facilitated a smooth and seamless handover of office and escorted the former Commissioner General to his home,” said the Police Service.

“The reporting appearing in mainstream and social media that the former Kenya Prisons Service’s Commissioner General Mr. Wycliffe Ogallo has been arrested by police is not accurate as stated,” read the statement.

On Wednesday, videos circulating on social media showed the ex-Prisons boss bundled into a vehicle outside the Magereza Building and driven off.

The reporting appearing in mainstream and social media that the former Kenya Prisons Service’s Commissioner General Mr. Wycliffe Ogallo has been arrested by police is not accurate as stated. This is to clarify that police only facilitated a smooth and seamless handover of office

— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) November 17, 2021

President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked the Kenya Prisons Service Commissioner-General Wycliffe Ogallo and appointed Brigadier (Rtd) John Kibaso Warioba to replace him.

The development comes after three terror suspects escaped from the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

The President has also directed the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i and all security formations to take all action necessary and pursue the Kamiti escapees while calling upon state investigative agencies to bring to book officers accountable for the security breach.

“The State Department of Correctional Services has similarly been directed to sanction disciplinary action against all Kenya Prisons Service personnel who were on duty when the security breaches occurred; which action shall include redeployment and/or immediate suspension of all affected officers.”

The Head of State urged Kenyans to volunteer any information that will lead to the arrest of the three terror suspects and report any suspicious activities within their neighborhoods.

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