Police officers in Samburu on Saturday, October 9 arrested a suspected killer who has been described as armed and dangerous.
In a statement released on Saturday afternoon, the National Police Service (NPS) said that the suspect identified as Dakitari Lokombayo, 34 has been on the run after he committed a murder.
“He was found in possession of an assault rifle make M16A1 which was loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition,” the police statement read in part.
The report also revealed that the suspect was cornered in a joint operation between the National Police Service and conservancy rangers based in Samburu East Sub-County.
It took the intervention of armed officers and local leaders within Samburu East to save the suspect from an irate mob that was planning to lynch him.
The National Police Service also said that detectives had been dispatched and they were in pursuit of other suspects who worked in cohorts with Lokombayo to kill a member of the public.
The arrest of the suspect has opened up a possible lead that will see police unravel suspects who own firearms in the vast Samburu region.
Samburu which is located in the vast Rift Valley Region is prone to insecurity.
The insecurity has seen local leaders and the government raise concerns.
For instance, Samburu North Member of Parliament (MP) Alois Lentoimaga has severally been grilled at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over the matter.
However, Lentoimaga has been insisting that it is time the Kenyan government addresses the problems Kenyans have been facing.
The area experiences cases of banditry and cattle rustling in Samburu at large.
Police have in the past said that the bandits who operate in the region are armed and dangerous.