Tension is high after Ethiopian police forces captured a Kenyan police boss and five of his officers in Ethiopia.
A report by Tuko suggests that Illret Police Station OCS – Chief Inspector Christopher Nalianya – and five senior officers from Marsabit county were nabbed by the Ethiopians on Sunday, October 23.
It is said that the Ethiopian authorities confiscated a police Land Cruiser and a cache of weapons belonging to the officers.
The article also says the police officers had entered Ethiopia in search of a local reservist who disappeared after Ethiopian police officers arrested him along the shores of Lake Turkana.
The incident has been confirmed by the Kenyan government with the statement identifying those captured by the Ethiopian authorities as; Constable Samson Kato, Constable Patrick Juma, Constable Samson Njenga, National Police Reservist Lomide Achala and Koriye from Illret ward.
Marsabit County Police Commander Kogo was also quoted as saying negotiations for the release of the officers were under way.
“They had gone to Ethiopia to secure the release of a reservist when they were arrested.
We are yet to establish why they were arrested but were trying to negotiate with Ethiopia authorities for them to be released,” said Kogo.