, KISUMU, Kenya Jan 30 – Police in Kisumu on Friday launched a massive manhunt for 13 prisoners who escaped from the cells at Ahero Police Station.
Kisumu County Police Commander Nelson Njiri confirmed the escape, which occurred after 14 prisoners overpowered two officers manning the station desk.
Among the escapees were three hardcore criminals who are facing murder and robbery charges.
“This morning we had an incident here at the police station whereby 14 prisoners escaped. They struck at the time when the officers were trying to do some housekeeping, using some of the female prisoners, that is when some of hardcore prisoners who were in the cells took advantage and forced the door open, overpowering the officer on duty and managed to escape,” Njiri told reporters.
He dismissed reports that the escapees had splashed faeces at the officers before escaping.
Njiri says one of the escapees has already been arrested with the help of the local community.
He appealed to the public to help them arrest the remaining suspects since most of them are well known.
“There is no doubt that it was organised because the hardcore prisoners are from Kodiaga Prison who were remanded here,” said the police boss.
He added: “The other team is still out there pursuing the remaining one and we are very confident we are going to get them.”
The police boss said two of the criminals had been arrested over the shooting of Ahero Ward Representative Maurice Aloo.