A senior police officer and his junior were yesterday arraigned in a Nairobi court after they allegedly abducted two Ethiopian rebels in Nairobi.

Last week the two cops allegedly arrested the men and drove them to the Ethiopian border where they were handed them over to Ethiopian intelligence officers. Investigators believe that the Ethiopian officials then murdered the two rebels but could not confirm it.

Police Chief Inspector Painito Bera Ng’ang’ai and constable James Ngaparini did not plead as the prosecution asked the court to remand the suspects for three days so that they could complete investigations. Defence lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Kirathe Wandungi did not oppose the remand application.

Trial magistrate Doreen Mulekyo ordered the two officers to be remanded at Kileleshwa police station. They will answer to the charge on February 6.

Ng’ang’ai and Ngaparini allegedly abducted Ali Ahmed Hussein and Sulub Abdi from the Arabian Cuisine restaurant in Upper Hill in Nairobi on Sunday, January 26. The two were officials of the Ogaden National Liberation Front who had come for a meeting in Nairobi.

The ONLF is a separatist rebel group established in 1984. It is fighting to make the Ogaden in eastern Ethiopia an independent state. Eight million Somalis live in the Ogaden.

Kenya police officers arrived in three cars at the the restaurant while they were having lunch. They were bundled into a black Toyota Prado that was later recovered in Turbi near the Kenya Ethiopia border.

Three men hired the black Toyota Prado registration number KBS533S from Victor Safaris and Tours Ltd based in Westlands on January 25.

At the car hire, Ng’ang’ai left his police Certificate of Appointment No 232929 for identification.

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