Lamu OCS arrested for allegedly releasing drug trafficker


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In Summary

  • Police Commander Muchagi Kioi said that the OCS was detained to help in investigations on how the suspect disappeared from the police custody under their watch.
  • The OCS claimed that when the officers stopped a matatu while conducting an inspection, they came across a man who had carried 25 grams of bhang, a knife, and a mobile phone. The man reportedly escaped while they were inspecting searches on the other passengers.
  • The OCS requested to be given Ksh 50,000 in order to free the suspect, a move that prompted the suspect's family to seek donations from community members in fundraising.

An Officer Commanding Station (OCS) in Lamu County was on Monday arrested for allegedly releasing a suspected drug trafficker who was nabbed with 25 grams of bhang, a mobile phone and a knife at Mtangawanda Jetty in Pate Island.

Confirming the incident, Lamu Police Commander Muchagi Kioi said Shadrack Mumo in charge of Kizingitini Police Station was detained as investigations continue into how the suspect disappeared from police custody under their watch.

“We received intel that some drugs were being taken to Kizingitini on Sunday, after which police officers intercepted and the suspect was arrested. He was later released after negotiations with the officers led by the OCS,” Kioi explained.

Earlier on Monday morning, Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia had sworn to take legal action against the the OCS and his officers if they failed to rearrest the suspected drug trafficker.

According to the Commissioner, the suspected drug dealer is claimed to have escaped while being interrogated at Kizingitini Police Station.

The police boss also issued a stern warning to all police officials who may be involved in any form of drug trafficking saying that their days are numbered.

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