Sonko transferred to Kamiti as DCI seeks 30-day detention period to probe terror links


Embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a Kiambu court on February 2, 2021.
PHOTO | Embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a Kiambu court on February 2, 2021.

Embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Wednesday evening, in an unprecedented move, transferred to Kamiti Maximum GK Prison from the Gigiri Police Station where he was being held.

Sonko is now set to spend the night at the prison pending bail ruling on Thursday over multiple assault charges.

This also comes as Citizen Digital obtained an affidavit sworn by an officer from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) accusing Sonko of having terror links, hence seeking 30 days to detain him pending investigations.

Chief Inspector Newton Thimangu, in the affidavit, claims to be in possession of intelligence information about Sonko allegedly recruiting a militia group to disrupt the peace and stability of the nation.

According to the Inspector, Sonko is suspected to have been procuring military attire associated with terrorist groups that pose a threat to the national security and sovereignty of the country.

“…the suspect has started arming his private security agents with full military attire namely military boots, military jungle uniform and firearms,” read the affidavit.

“The suspect who was in the company of an unknown person had worn militia attire and together with the suspect they were both spotted in public in the full glare of the media and in front of a huge mass of people in a public rally.”

Inspector Thimangu hence argues that this shows the alleged militia is ready to act and will soon be armed to trigger acts of war in Kenya.

“I have intelligence information that the suspect is connected to financing of terrorism activities and he is in the advance stage of procuring arms and ammunition using a wide syndicate which is complex and sophisticated,” he added.

“…the conduct of suspect specifically from his social media accounts whose has a huge following and using his influence his role in facilitating intended attacks cannot be underestimated, as he is highly likely to interfere with potential witnesses and recovery that police expect to make.”

The prosecution, through the officer’s affidavit, is hence seeking court orders to detain Sonko for 30 more days to conclude probe into the said criminal undertakings.

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