An autopsy session of a head recovered on Sunday, January 21, and linked to slain university student Rita Waeni scheduled to take place on take place on Tuesday, January 23 was postponed.
The autopsy was expected to take place on Tuesday afternoon in an exercise led by Government Pathologist Johanssen Oduor to ascertain whether it indeed belonged to Rita.
However, the investigations took a new twist with a forensics team from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations-DCI team set to take over the role.
The forensic team is henceforth expected to take the lead role in probing the murder that has since taken several twists.
Her family will have to endure a longer wait as the detectives work to get to the bottom of the heinous murder that sent shock waves to many across the country.
The development came a day after police arrested and arraigned two Nigerian nationals in connection with the murder and dismemberment of Ritwa Waeni’s body.
On Monday, January 23, two Nigerian nationals were arrested in connection with the murder of Waeni to add to the list of suspects in the case.
The two named William Ovie Opia and Johnbull Asbor were presented in court but did not face any charges yet with the Police seeking custody orders to hold them pending investigations.
Details of Nigerians arrested in connection with the murder of Rita Waeni
According to police reports, William Ovie Opia had an expired passport while Absor was said to have lost his two years ago.
During their arrest, police also recovered several items including a butcher’s knife and an axe which one of the suspects said he had bought for self-defense.
The two were arrested in Ndenderu near a dam where a human head believed to be Rita Waeni’s was recovered.
More details about the suspect named Ovie have since emerged, with a background search showing that he has had an active presence on social media in the past.
A Facebook account linked to him and bearing his name shows part of his life and at some point, in 2020 promoted a business that even offered job opportunities.
His bio shows that he is from Delta in Nigeria, self-employed and studied at Ambrose Ali University.
Detectives attached at the Kasarani Police Station have been leading in the investigations of her case.
However, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) was yet to issue a comprehensive statement on the case or progress made.
An autopsy conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor had earlier established that the perpetrators used a sharp object to cut Waeni’s body and appeared to be expert killers based on the way they were keen on covering their tracts.