In Summary
  • Mr Obado was whisked out in a police car and driven to an undisclosed location late in the evening.
  • Police officers were quick to point out that the governor was not under arrest as investigations were still underway.
  • Obado's lawyers, Cliff Ombeta and Roger Sagana, told the media that the governor should not be associated with the crime at all.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado was last evening putting on a strong show in the face of allegations concerning the abduction and subsequent murder of his girlfriend, university student Sharon Otieno, last week.

After an eight-hour grilling at the regional headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Kisumu, Mr Obado was whisked out in a police car and driven to an undisclosed location late in the evening.

Police officers were quick to point out that the governor was not under arrest as investigations were still underway, even though other sources last evening indicated he could be escorted to Nairobi for further questioning.

The Nation could not independently confirm either of these claims by the time of going to press.

NOT ARRESTED

His lawyers, Cliff Ombeta and Roger Sagana, told the media that the governor should not be associated with the crime at all.

“He has not been arrested,” Mr Ombeta pointed out, adding that the governor had been treated relatively well by the detectives.

Earlier, forensic detectives had taken what is believed to be samples for DNA testing from him.

Sharon Otieno

Ms Sharon Otieno. She was abducted and murdered in Homa Bay. PHOTO | COURTESY

As he denied any link to the kidnapping and murder of Ms Otieno, Mr Obado told investigators that, in the wake of growing animosity against him in the region over the crime, he needed to keep his security detail.

He had become a marked man since the story broke last week, he argued, and mobs had been baying for his blood for days. Any lapse in his security detail could, therefore, turn catastrophic, he argued.

POISONED ENVIRONMENT

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