NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – We find repairmen mending a broken wall which armed robbers damaged in an attempt to gain entry into a home two doors down from that of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Issack Hassan.
“It’s the second time this has happened,” Caretaker Asa Tabu recounts, “the last time they managed to make away with money and I don’t know what else.”
The home belongs to a businessman whose alarm went off when the thugs attempted to gain entry into his compound sending the intruders scampering.
Even before the alarm went off the commotion the thieves made as they tried to break down the security perimeter had already raised the suspicion of the businessman’s next door neighbour.
“He was watching football when he heard the noise the thieves made and so he called and warned his neighbour,” Tabu explains.
The businessman then proceeded to inform the Administration Police officers stationed at Hassan’s home.
“There were just two of them so they called for help from their Uhuru camp (on Mbagathi Way).”
The help arrived 30 minutes later in a privately owned vehicle but by that time the thieves had fled.
After ensuring there was no longer a threat, the APs left the residential area accompanied by a member of Hassan’s security detail.
As is protocol when the alarm went off, the security firm charged with ensuring the residents’ safety alerted regular police at the nearby Hardy Police station.
On high alert after receiving the distress call, the regular police made their way to Hassan’s neighbourhood only to encounter a car making its way away from the scene of the attempted robbery.
Assuming it was the thieves getting away, the regular police ordered the driver to stop and when he didn’t they shot at one of the car’s tires.
The Administration Police who were in the private car drove to a petrol station with the regular police in hot pursuit where they revealed their identities.
Nairobi Provincial Police chief Benson Kibui says an investigation into the attempted robbery has been launched but no suspect has been arrested so far.