A theft suspect is nursing wounds at a city hospital following a mob attack near Kamulu Police Station, Nairobi County.
The suspect who was rescued by the officers is said to have attempted to steal a motorcycle from one Morris Simiyu.
“Morris Simiyu had dropped off a passenger at Manyatta area and parked his bike, not far from the road, at around 8 pm. He then approached a client whom he was engaged to hire his services when a man suddenly jumped on his bike,” DCI said.
However, before Simuyu could comprehend what was happening, the man tried to kick-start the bike but failed in his first attempt.
This forced Simuyu to raise alarm as he ran towards his only source of livelihood, but the determined thug gave the bike a second spirited kick before speeding off towards Kamulu.
“Simiyu’s desperate wails attracted fellow boda boda riders who, upon getting wind of what had happened, gave chase in a bid to recover the bike. The riders, about 30 in number with their bikes’ headlights at full beam, went after the thug in a 14-kilometre wild race, reminiscent of a grand Prix motorcycle world championship,” DCI said.
The suspect was chased by at least 30 bodabodas for fourteen kilometres and could no longer keep up with the pace of the fast-approaching riders.
He screeched to a halt and jumped from the bike, opting to run towards the police station at Kamulu in search of help from officers.
“The irate riders caught up with him and gave him a dog’s beating, leaving him to contend with a swollen face and fractured limbs for his crime,” DCI said.
It took the intervention of police officers from the post to save the life of the suspect, from the wrath of the angry mob of boda boda operators.
Even after the suspect had been arrested, the enraged riders attempted to snatch him from the officers for what they described as instant justice.
However, the officers whisked him to the safety of a police vehicle and immediately rushed him to a city hospital, where he is fighting for his life.
Three weeks ago, two suspects believed to be behind the spate of motorbike disappearances in the country were nabbed in Moyale.
The suspects, who were in possession of over 350 logbooks and motorcycle number plates, were arrested by detectives following an operation that also led to the recovery of other parts of the country.