A police officer accused of killing Meru university student leader on February 27 has been arraigned in court. Administration police officer Leakey Maina was arraigned on Friday before Judge Ann Ongijo. Prosecutor Mbithi Mwathi asked the court that the accused be given a state advocate and taken for mental assessment at Meru Level Five Hospital. He was charged with the murder of Evans Njoroge at Kabebe village, Nkomo ward, Tigania West on February 27, 2018.
"The charges can be read to him but he is not allowed to answer," Mbithi said. The case will be mentioned on July 26, 2018. Evans Njoroge was killed during demonstrations against matters including school fee hikes. The incident took place at a farm about a kilometre away from the institution.
"A plainclothed policeman chased Njoroge and shot him in the head in a banana plantation. It's like he targeted Njoroge as he was with his colleagues who were not shot," a learner said at the scene. Before he was killed, Njoroge had said, “We’re here to continue our push for justice. We ask the ministry to look into the fee issue. While other universities pay Sh33,000 per year, we must pay more than Sh50,000.”
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