One person was killed and ten others arrested after they attempted to set free their accomplices and a lorry that had earlier been impounded transporting 400 bags of uncustomed sugar.
The incident took place in Kakamega, western Kenya, over the weekend.
The arrested suspects were Evans Ariko, 22, Geoffrey Ikasalion, 28, Dan Oure, 23, Thomas Ekisa, 24, Isaac Etyang, 21, Sammy Oloo, 22, David Otieno, 27, Simon Ogema, 24, Kelvin Kasala, 21, and Winnie Muriuki, 22.
The lorry which had been detained was being escorted to Kisumu under tight security by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives and Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit officers attached to Kenya Revenue Authority when it came under attack from the suspects.
Over 20 vehicles and an unknown number of motorcycles whose number plates were concealed were used to barricade the road at Makunga shopping center. The gang attempted to seize the consignment and free the suspects.
In the ensuing melee, one of our officers was attacked and injured seriously by the gang, leaving him with injuries on his chest and limbs.
“Luckily, a contingent of police officers from Kakamega that was headed to Chwele reinforced the officers, restoring sanity and helping in the arrest of the suspects. Three vehicles used by the suspects and a motorcycle were impounded and are currently at Kakamega police station,” said DCI.
Detectives recovered crude weapons, including clubs and rocks that were in possession of the suspects.
They are currently being processed at Kakamega police station pending an arraignment.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.