Who will protect us? Worrying trend as police, military officers join criminal gangs
1 months ago, 17 Oct 07:00
As the family of retired National Hospital Insurance Fund employee Eliud Lang’at was having dinner at their home in Olenguruone on September 14, a gang was assaulting the security guard, ordering him to open the gate.
Soon, he was attacked by the nine armed men wearing balaclavas, who then proceeded to tie him up.
While in the house rummaging through every room for valuables, neighbours — alerted by the commotion — arrived with bows and arrows, ready to confront the robbers.
The suspects, sensing danger, escaped through the fence and Mr Langat’s family contacted the nearby police station for help. When police arrived at the scene, they found a magazine of a pistol, with 15 bullets.
Ballistic examinations revealed that it was a Jericho pistol — Serial No. 45302066 — which was later found to have been assigned to Police Constable Arthur Murithi of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, in Molo.
Flying Squad detectives traced Constable Murithi and arrested him together with Administration Police Constable Felix Korir, who worked as a police driver in Kamara Divisional Headquarters.
Further investigations facilitated the arrest of seven civilians and two other police officers — one attached to Kamara and the other to Mau Summit. The 11 were later arraigned in court charged with robbery with violence.
The civilians were identified as Mr Patrick Kimani Ndungu, Mr Cosmus Kipkurui Koech, Mr John Muthama Gathecha, Mr Douglas Kiplangat Kirui, Mr Samuel Gagiri Nderitu, Mr Benard Kipkorir Cheruyiot and Mr Geoffrey Cheruyiot Terer.
A day before that in Nanyuki, police apprehended two Kenya Defence Forces soldiers as they transported illegal firearms and ammunition from Isiolo to Nairobi.
Laikipia East OCPD Kizito Mutoro said the two were found with 750 special rounds of ammunition used in AK-47 rifles, a Walther CP88 German pistol without a magazine, seven spent cartridges of 9mm calibre, seven sachets of heroin, 23 rolls of bhang, two Kenyan identity cards and two Somalia passports.
Four days later, two police officers were arrested in Nairobi after robbing a Malian, Bathily Abdoulaye, after ransacking his house in Kilimani and taking goods and cash worth Sh5.3 million.
Mr Abdoulaye reported that four people who identified themselves as police officers went to his residence and arrested him.
Flying Squad officers laid an ambush at Yaya Centre and managed to arrest a suspect, who led officers to Central Police Station where Constable Kelvin Ndosi (No 88724) was arrested.
“In the process of the arrest the officers ransacked his house and took the following items: US$8,000, Sh83,000, three Rolex watches each valued at US$15,000, his passport and also transferred Sh30,000 from his mobile phone number to another mobile phone number,” the DCI said on Twitter.
Constable Ndosi and his colleague Moses Njogu Njagi were both charged on September 26.
They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and are out on a bond of Sh500,000 and alternative cash bail of Sh200,000.
But even before the conclusion of the ...
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