, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – Police in Nairobi on Friday arrested a Nigerian man suspected to be part of a criminal gang targeting foreigners.
Detectives trailed the man who was at a popular joint in Kileleshwa where they recovered a pistol and eight rounds of ammunition.
Kilimani Police chief Peter Katam says the suspect is being interrogated to help trace his accomplices who have been terrorising city residents.
“We believe he is part of the gang behind carjacking of vehicles in this area, mostly targeting foreigners,” he told Capital FM News.
Katam says they will also be seeking to establish if the man is legally in the country as they prepare to prosecute him.
Early in the year, police in the same area arrested three Sudanese nationals accused of robbery and kidnapping foreigners in Nairobi.
Police believe the gang is widely networked and could be working with other people from the countries where the victims come from and also some Kenyans.
The Sudanese gang which had fake documents indicating they are members of the International Police (Interpol) Task Force which they used to lure the foreigners.
In addition to asking for ransom, the suspects used to torture victims while threatening to kill them as they recorded them on video.
The arrest of the three came after they kidnapped a prominent businessman from Sudan whom they held hostage for 17 days in an apartment on Lenana Road and only released him after they received a ransom.
Victims would oblige upon production of the fake documents.