Police in Kenya Arrest ‘Lost Boy’ Ajak Aketch Dua At JKIA Over John Aleu Deng’s Murder


The Detectives from the office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) together with the Immigration officials on Tuesday, February 18, arrested a foreigner at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The foreigner, Ajak Dau Aketch is a suspect in a murder case and was on board a flight to Arizona via Amsterdam.

Ajak Dau Aketch (Image/Courtesy).

Through their twitter page, the arrest was made public with the indication that he would be arraigned in court once the procedures are complete.

“DCI detectives based at JKIA in collaboration with officers have arrested one foreigner namely Ajak Dau Aketch aged 38 years on a stop order placed by DCI Turkana West detectives for the offense of murder. The suspect was to board a KLM flight to Arizona via Amsterdam. He will be arraigned once relevant police procedures are complete,” read the tweet.

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Ajak who is a Sudan native is the suspect in the murder of a gospel artist and teacher John Aleu Deng (John Welpieth) in Kakuma refugee camp who was stabbed to death.

Apparently, there was a group of youths who were fighting and Ajak was the one found at the scene of crime.

The victim, John Aleu was however buried last week on Thursday, February 13.

Murdered John Aleu

Ajak is currently 38 years old and holds a degree in Economics from Arizona State University.

According to reports, Ajak is among orphaned and displaced children who fled Sudan during the civil war, passing through Ethiopia to find refuge in Kenya before settling down in different parts of the World.

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He is part of the Lost boys Reunited Project based in Phoenix, Arizona where a digital archive of some 13,000 refugee records has been created.

The documents obtained to form the project are said to have originated from interviews that field workers conducted with Save the Children in Ethiopia late in the 1980s.

A youtube documentary also details accounts of the Sudanese natives who fled their country during the civil war, with some of the victims stating that they could not even recognize some of their loved ones.

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This arrest comes after a directive by the state in August 2018 to flush out illegal immigrants in the county.

This was ordered by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i where he directed that the foreigners who would fail the vetting test should be deported.

Over 20 illegal immigrants had been detained in various police facilities after the directive was made, awaiting deportation.

For instance, the Interior CS had established that 60 senior hotel managers had been deported with reports emerging that they had gained entry into the country as tourists.

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