Three people have been arrested in Kilimani, Nairobi after they were found to be in possession of illegally acquired firearms, ammunitions, and police handcuffs.
According to the DCI, two of the three suspects; Chris Mwangangi and Lucia Wanjiku were arrested while driving along the Arwings Khodek and Ring Road junction in Kilimani.
The two were on a black land cruiser V8 with no front number plate, prompting detectives to flag them down.
“Upon a thorough search of the vehicle, detectives managed to recover one Ceska Pistol with its Serial number erased, one Revolver Pistol and an unidentified frontal Plate Number. Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver found with the motor vehicle wasn't the actual owner. The vehicle instead belonged to one Jeff Maina, a close friend of his,” DCI’s statement read in part.
The vehicle that was being used by the suspects. [Photo: DCI]
Following the arrest, one of the suspects reached out to the owner of the V8 who rushed to the station. He was also arrested after which detectives searched his Mercedes Benz and found two police handcuffs, one Ceska magazine loaded with 7 rounds of 9mm ammunition, one police pocket phone, and several Identification Cards from the car.
“The suspects were placed in custody pending investigations, while the recovered firearms were handed over to our ballistics experts for examination. Also arrested is a police officer based in Mombasa, who is believed to have given the handcuffs to the suspects,” DCI added.
The arrest comes a few months after Citizen TV aired an explosive expose detailing how criminals allegedly acquire guns from police officers at a price.
The DCI, however, dismissed the claims, noting that in future, media should include the police while conducting such stories.