River Yala bodies retriever says his life is in danger, names police

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A local diver in Yala who shot to fame for helping retrieve bodies from River Yala has said his life is in danger.

Nicholas Okero Okite, said he has received threats and intimidation from police following the expose on bodies being dumped in River Yala.

Reports indicate Okero Wednesday said homicide detectives threatened to re-arrest him should they find him culpable after investigations.

“Apart from these threats, a vehicle with tinted windows has been noticed around my home with its occupants taking photos,” said Okite.

“My volunteer work is likely to claim my life going by the threats I receive from detectives and now the car and strangers taking photos of my home,”

But a now panicked Okero said he life and that of his family was now in God’s hands as the latest development seems harmful.

“I have no peace of mind due to many threats I do receive,” added Okero.

Body stuck between rocks in River Yala

He stated that he received a phone call on Wednesday morning from Gem sub-county DCIO that the head of the homicide team which has been investigating the issue of the floating bodies of River Yala wanted to see and reward him for retrieving another body from the water on Friday last week.

He says when he heeded the call, the police turned against him.

I responded to the summon and went to Yala Police station where the officers detained and interrogated me for more than eight hours. They claimed that I’m the one who has been hiding bodies in between the rocks at Ndanu falls.

He says he was forced to record a statement with an explanation on the role that he has been playing in regard to the syndicate behind the killing and dumping of bodies at River Yala.

“On Friday, January 28, 2022, I was summoned by detectives and this time around, I was questioned for hours before they forced me to record a statement,” Okero said.

The driver maintains that he has only been helping to retrieve those that have been spotted on the river.

When contacted for comment, Gem sub-county police commander Charles Chacha denied those claims.


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