Detectives in Mombasa are investigating circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a Jericho pistol assigned to Urban Sub-County Police commander, George Kingi Bamba.
According to a police signal, the pistol, loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition was stolen from the police boss yesterday in Kizingo.
“He was heading home in his personal car at around 10:20 pm. He was blocked by a Tuk Tuk carrying 3 occupants who forced him to alight from his car to enquire the intention of the occupants.
“One of the occupants pointed a firearm at him while the two others searched him and, in the process, robbed him of the pistol that was holstered on his waist,” reads part of the police report.
The report further reveals that police were unable to capture the registration number of the said Tuk Tuk since it sped off towards Likoni.
“A multi-agency team responded after the police boss raised alarm. The officers combed the area but nothing has been recovered,” the report added.
Coast Regional Police Commander Manaseh Musyoka has termed the incident as unfortunate adding that the senior officer was waylaid at his official residence by three armed men who, at gunpoint, ordered him to surrender his official firearm.
“According to the officer, the Tuk-tuk had stopped at the middle of the road, and he went on to enquire if there was any problem. The suspects who were all armed then ordered him to surrender and since he feared for his life he cooperated with them,” he said.
Musyoka further noted that the officer gave chase to the Tuk Tuk but it disappeared towards Likoni crossing channel.
The police boss noted that police were yet to recover the firearm and called on Mombasa residents to work closely with the authorities in order to facilitate the recovery process.
“Anyone with information that can assist us to recover the gun to share the information in confidence and there is a reward for anyone who will assist in the recovery of the gun,” he said.