Bubu Owino in court yesterday.
University of Nairobi student leader Paul Owino, alias Babu Owino, will remain in custody for one day after a Nairobi court allowed police to continue detaining him over an alleged inciteful statement.Milimani senior principal magistrate Teresa Nyangena ruled that Owino (pictured) be remanded at Kilimani police station to allow police complete investigations into alleged statements he made against Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and his Bahati counterpart Kimani Ngunjiri.She gave the police up to this evening to charge him or release him.Babu was arrested on Tuesday at the university over the alleged statements he made on the same day at Orange House.The Director of Public Prosecutions said he was not ready to charge him, but was still investigating statements the student leader made stating that, “We are telling and warning you Ngunjiri and Moses Kuria that our revolution is coming and we are looking for you. And if we get you, we will deal with you cacophonously and multiply you by zero and raise to power infinity”. Prosecutor Daniel Karori said the words were meant to incite members of the public to violence. He said investigating officers have only been able to record a statement from Owino over the alleged remarks and were yet to take statements from other crucial witnesses who are said to have attended the meeting.
The prosecutor asked court to detain Babu on grounds that being the chairman of the students’ organisation, “he wields immense influence” and was likely to interfere with the probe if freed.
The court heard that investigations will entail a forensic analysis of the video footage, evidence of offensive speech and the recording of witness statements. Babu’s lawyer Edwin Sifuna protested the move to produce his client in court after 24 hours, saying his rights have been violated.