Nairobi West heist: G4S employee arrested, Ksh.1M recovered at father-in-law’s home


Nairobi West heist: G4S employee arrested, Ksh.1M recovered at father-in-law's home
Ksh.1 million recovered at the home of Bernard Sewanga's father-in-law. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The sleuths, acting on a tip-off, arrested Benard Sewanga at a newly rented house in Ruiru where he had reportedly gone to hide after the heist.
  • The suspect led the officers to the home of his father-in-law in Lurambi, Kakamega County, where Ksh.1 million was found in a black bag covered with a nylon paper buried in a cow shed.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested another G4S employee in connection to the Ksh.72 million Nairobi West heist.

The sleuths, acting on a tip-off, arrested Bernard Sewanga at a newly rented house in Ruiru where he had reportedly gone to hide after the heist.

The suspect led the officers to the home of his father-in-law in Lurambi, Kakamega County, where Ksh.1 million was found in a black bag covered with a nylon paper buried in a cow shed.

Mr. Sewanga is presently being held in Nairobi awaiting arraignment and court.

Two other suspects suspected to be part of the heist were also Monday morning arrested and Ksh.2,389,000 recovered.

John Kamau Mulei was arrested at Muumaandu in Machakos County and led the detectives to the house of his 60-year-old grandmother Mary Kyalo at Kalumoni where the money was recovered.

Mr. Mulei is the brother to Bernard Mwendwa who was arrested on Thursday last week for also being part of the gang that orchestrated the heist.

On Thursday September 5, 2019, criminals posing as police officers on escort robbed G4S personnel of Ksh.72 million in Nairobi West in an incident that did not involve gunshots or left anyone injured.

Sources revealed that the team had collected the cash from G4S headquarters on Witu Road with three men who appeared to be police officers.

A report from Lang’ata Police Station said the cash was picked up at around 6am en route to the different bank ATMs.

When they arrived at the Standard Chartered Bank ATM in Nairobi West, the G4S team called their headquarters for the password to reload cash into the machine.

Once it was opened, the thugs immediately turned on them.

Six suspects, including three police officers, have since been arrested and arraigned in court where they were released on Ksh.1 million bond.

Magistrate Francis Andayi declined an application to deny them bail saying the reasons given by the Prosecution were not compelling or satisfactory.

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