35 arrested in Nairobi as police hunt down muggers


Nairobi Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai (Centre) flanked by Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome and AP ...
Nairobi Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai (Centre) flanked by Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome and AP Commandant Francis Mburu (Right) during a press address on Monday, January 22, 2018.

In Summary

  • Nairobi Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai says 35 muggers terrorising Nairobi residents have been arrested.
  • Mr. Leparmarai said an anti-mugging squad comprising officers drawn from the County, Regular and Administration Police units has been formed to deal with the menace.
  • Police also announced hawkers who have taken over city streets will be flushed out as police seek to secure the Central Business District.

An anti-mugging squad comprising officers drawn from the County, Regular and Administration Police units has been set up to reign in the marauding gangs that are robbing people in broad daylight.

In a press conference, Nairobi Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai, who was flanked by Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome and AP Commandant Francis Mburu said 35 of the marauding muggers had so far been arrested as the crackdown intensifies.

According to the police, the arrested suspects are all below the age of 25 and are set to face robbery with violence charges.

“I want to assure everybody that we will do all things possible to nab petty criminals. There will be anti-mugging squad to work with the county too to curb these vices,” said Leparmarai.

The regional commissioner further announced that hawkers who have taken over the city streets will be flushed out as police seek to secure the Central Business District.

“Another menace is that of hawkers and we are working with the county government to ensure we reign on them, also to ensure they are selling genuine products. They might have allowed hawkers in the CBD because they wanted votes. Now the elections are over we are going to clear them off our streets,” said Leparmarai.

“This is a multi-agency task and we will ensure the city is safe for everybody.  We have started late but better late than never and we will keep at it,” said Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome.

The gangs, some operating in organised groups, have been attacking their victims and making away with whatever they lay their hand on including necklaces, earrings and even wigs.

City residents are up in arms as they are hopeless in dealing with the gangs that stage attacks even in broad daylight.

 

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