The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Rogo Ally Seeks Police Protection

SHEIKH Abubakar Sharif alias Makaburi, an ally to the late controversial muslim cleric Aboud Rogo, has sought refuge at a Mombasa police station claiming his life is danger.

Speaking today at the coast provincial police headquarters Makaburi said he is being tracked by people he suspects have links with the Anti-Terror Police Unit.

Makaburi was escorted to the station by officials from the Muslim for Human Rights lobby group to seek police protection.

Muhuri executive director Hussein Khalid also alleged that there is a hit squad within the police force which is responsible for extra-judicial killings. He said that 16 cases of executions and disappearances have been reported within the last 12 months.

However, the police have denied allegations that a hit squad is out to kill Makaburi. Coast police boss Aggrey Adoli dismissed the allegations and directed Makaburi and his lawyer to record a statement at the coast CID offices.

Head of ATPU Boniface Mwaniki said Makaburi should instead report the matter to the police for investigation rather than discredit the entire police force.

Makaburi is currently facing three counts of incitement charges in connection with the chaos that followed Rogo's murder last year. Scores of churches were burned and police officers attacked during the riots.

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