Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested 10 suspected criminals and gunned down one after they intercepted and tried to set free their accomplices and a lorry that had earlier been impounded by detectives, ferrying 400 bags of uncustomed sugar over the weekend.
The lorry which had been detained at Chwele police station was being escorted to Kisumu under tight security by DCI detectives and CIPU officers attached to Kenya Revenue Authority when it came under attack from the suspects.
“Over 20 vehicles and an unknown number of motorcycles whose number plates were concealed were used to barricade the road at Makunga shopping Centre, with the gang attempting to seize the consignment and free the suspects,” a report from the DCI read in part.
In the ensuing melee, one of our officers was attacked and injured seriously by the gang, leaving him with injuries on his chest and limbs.
Luckily, a contingent of police officers from Kakamega that was headed to Chwele reinforced the officers, restoring sanity and helping in the arrest of the suspects.
Three vehicles used by the suspects and a motorcycle were impounded and are currently at Kakamega police station.
“The arrested suspects were, Evans Ariko, 22, Geoffrey Ikasalion, 28, Dan Oure, 23, Thomas Ekisa, 24, Isaac Etyang, 21, Sammy Oloo, 22, David Otieno, 27, Simon Ogema, 24, Kelvin Kasala, 21 and Winnie Muriuki, 22,” the DCI said.
Also recovered were crude weapons including rungus and rocks that were in the possession of the suspects. The suspects are currently being processed at Kakamega police station for arraignment.