Police seize two rifles

September 15, 2008 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, September 15 – Police in Nyandarua North district have arrested five suspects and recovered two rifles in separate incidents over the weekend.

Led by area Police Chief Boss Charles Wasike, officers recovered an AK-47 assault rifle with 17 rounds of ammunition after raiding the home of a businessman in Ol-Joro-orok division, while a home-made gun was seized from four suspects in Nyahururu’s Site Estate.

Wasike said the four suspects were nabbed after reports that they had been terrorising commuters in the Karatina area.

“We received a tip-off from officers in Nyeri about the gang, and laid an ambush for them at the Ndaragwa road block on the Nyahururu-Nyeri road,” he said.

Wasike assured that his officers have intensified patrols in the area in an attempt to curb escalating crime in the region.

Elsewhere, an Administration Police (AP) officer attached to the Nyanza Provincial Commissioner’s office has been sacked for misusing his firearm.

The officer is said to have opened fire while in a Kisumu nightclub on Sunday evening after differing with some of the revellers there, according to the Nyanza police Chief Anthony Kibuchi.

"He opened fire in the air to scare them off. No one was hurt," Kibuchi narrated.

The police chief said that the officer was immediately arrested, sacked, and his gun withdrawn.

"He will be arraigned in court soon," Kibuchi added.

Meanwhile, another AP has been arrested for murdering an 18-year-old boy in Homa Bay District.

Kibuchi said on Monday that the officer hanged the teenager with a rope.

“The boy had been taken by his father to one of the chief’s camps in Ndhiwa to be disciplined by the officer,” he explained.

Kibuchi warned members of the public against using the police force to discipline their children and said the officer would be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.



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