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‘If anything happens…’ Details of a suicide note by policeman to his lover

By Nyaboga Kiage September 29th, 2023 2 min read

A police officer took his own life on Thursday, September 28, 2023, within the premises of Kerugoya Police Station, leaving behind a heartbreaking suicide note addressed to his lover.

According to a police report obtained by Nairobi News, the lifeless body of the officer, identified as Mr Allan Kihumba Njuguna, was discovered hanging from the rooftop of his rented residence.

The suicide note, a poignant and final message to his beloved, read, “Short story, if anything happens, I loved you.”

This heart-wrenching incident unfolded after Mr Njuguna had locked himself inside his rented house.

Crime personnel officers meticulously processed the scene of the tragedy before his body was transferred to the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital morgue.

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The caretaker of the rented property, Ms Ann Wanjiru, expressed her concern over the disappearance of the officer, who had last been seen on Monday.

In her quest to ascertain his whereabouts, Ms Wanjiru inquired with neighbors, who confirmed they had seen him enter his house.

Alarmed by his prolonged absence, Ms Wanjiru attempted to open the door to the officer’s residence but was unsuccessful. She resorted to peering through a window, only to discover the lifeless body suspended from the rooftop.

This tragedy is another sad reminder of the increasing number of police officers taking their own lives. The concerning trend led to the formation of a committee tasked with examining the challenges faced by law enforcement officers.

Just two weeks ago, another police officer, Corporal James Kimathi Riungu, locked himself within his compound in Athi River, Machakos County, where he took his own life. His body was discovered in the compound, in a chicken house.

The incidents underscore the need for mental health support and awareness within the police force and the broader community, as individuals grapple with personal challenges that can lead to such tragic outcomes.

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