Senior NIS officer dies by suicide

Thursday, June 6th, 2024 04:40 | By
A crime scene tape. PHOTO/Pexels
A crime scene tape. PHOTO/Pexels

A senior National Intelligence Service (NIS) officer died by suicide on Tuesday at his residence in Kilimani, Nairobi county.

Tom Mboya Adala, an Assistant Director in charge of Counter Terrorism and based at NIS headquarters in Ruaraka is said to have been battling depression.

The officer shot himself in the head inside his servant quarters at Kirichwa Villas.

His death brings to more than 15, the number of people who have died by suicide since Sunday, June 2.
Checked room

His nephew said they last saw him on Monday when he went to the bedroom upstairs to sleep. On Tuesday, they woke up but until 9am, the deceased had not come downstairs for breakfast. They checked in his room but he could not be found, prompting them to inquire from the watchman if he had driven out.

They finally checked around the compound and found his body lying dead inside the servant quarters. Preliminary investigations revealed the officer had shot himself using his official Glock 19 pistol.

Detectives recovered one spent cartridge and a magazine loaded with three rounds of ammunition. In his bedroom, another spare magazine was recovered loaded with 13 rounds. A suicide note, written on a black note book, was also found placed on the bed.

The body was transferred to Lee Funeral Home as investigations commenced. The deceased was the son of Ambassador Adala Otuko who served as the Kenyan ambassador to the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) between 1964 and 1968. He later became the Luo Ker (Elder).

Internal Security Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo mourned the officer as a “wonderful friend.”

“Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr Tom Adala, following his untimely passing on yesterday. Mr Adala was a wonderful friend to many and, until his demise, an Officer with the National Intelligence Service (NIS). His death is a profound loss to the country. May God rest his soul in peace, and comfort the family during this time of grief.”

Spare key

On Monday, another Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldier, Jimna Mwangi Itehe who had just been transferred from Narok to Wajir county also died by suicide by hanging himself in Kiangiciri area of Kasarani, Nairobi county.

According to to the brother, the deceased had been suffering from sickle cell anemia for a long time.
The same Sunday Simon Ombati aged 75 also died by suicide by hanging himself inside the maize store at his residence in Mitoni village, Molo.

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