Man pictured swaggering with AK47 is a police officer, authorities say after he was roughed up

By Brian Okoth On Tue, 14 Jan, 2020 19:26 | < 1 min read
On Tuesday, Pangani residents alerted police upon seeing the man plodding with a magazine vest on his chest and a backpack hanging from his shoulders. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
On Tuesday, Pangani residents alerted police upon seeing the man plodding with a magazine vest on his chest and a backpack hanging from his shoulders. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
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    An ununiformed youthful man, who was pictured swaggering on Pangani streets while carrying an AK 47 rifle, is an AP officer, police say.

An uninformed youthful man, who was pictured swaggering on Pangani streets in Nairobi while carrying an AK 47 rifle, is an administration police officer, Nairobi police boss Philip Ndolo says.

On Tuesday morning, Pangani residents alerted police upon seeing the man plodding with a magazine vest on his chest and a backpack hanging from his shoulders.

Police from Pangani post followed the man, and wrestled him to the ground before snatching the AK47 firearm from him.

However, they later learnt that the man they had confronted was their colleague based in North Eastern region.

Nairobi police boss, Ndolo, said that the AP officer, who had travelled from his workstation to Nairobi recently, had stored his gun at the Pangani police post, and had just it picked from the station, when other police officers, who hadn’t met the man yet, hunted and wrestled him to the ground.

Ndolo said the AP man was crossing over to Muthaiga, where a police van was waiting for him.

K24 Digital was told that police officers working in North Eastern region are allowed to leave their stations with their guns when travelling to Nairobi.

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