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Police officer dies by suicide, leaves note to lover

“Short story if anything happens, I loved you,” the message police officer left to the lover moments before committing suicide.

A police officer attached to the Kerugoya Police station in Kirinyaga County was on Wednesday found hanging from the roof of his rented house in Kerugoya town.

In a police report filed under OB 42/27/9/2023, officer Allan Kihumba Njuguna was found hanging on a manilla rope from the roof of his rented house.

He left behind a note in his notebook which said “short story if anything happens, I loved you.”

According to the report, the officer had locked the door from inside.

His caretaker, Ann Wanjiru, said that she had gone to check up on him because he had been missing since Monday.

Wanjiru said that after efforts to try and open the door turned futile, she decided to use an object to peep through the window, where she discovered a body hanging from the roof.

“I tried to open it in vain as the door was locked from inside. I was shocked after seeing the body I immediately called the authorities,” Wanjiru said.

“We wonder why the officer decided to end his life and we think they are being paid well by the government.” 

A further search of his phone’s history showed that the officer had searched online how to commit suicide before taking his life.

The officer’s phone was processed and documented by the security operations center (SOC) at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Kirinyaga.

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Confirming the incident, Kamukunji Assistant Chief Julius Ngari that the deceased’s colleagues had been looking for him after he was a no-show at the police station.

“His colleagues had been looking for him for the last two months, little did they know he had rented here two kilometers away from the police station,” Ngari said.

His body was moved to Kerugoya County Referral Hospital Mortuary. The case is pending investigations at the DCI Kirinyaga Central Police Station.

The case highlights the challenges faced by law enforcement officers in high-stress and demanding environments, which can have dire effects on their mental health.

According to the latest data from the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), one out of every ten police officers struggles with mental health issues.

The police officers are facing mental health challenges as a result of work-related issues, family-related difficulties and high cost of living.

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