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Case against five detectives of disbanded SSU adjourned for 30 days

The case against the five detective officers from the disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU) of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has been adjourned for thirty days.

Kahawa Court Chief Magistrate Diana Mochache allowed an application by the five suspects to file a formal application against the state request to have them detained for 30 days to allow conclusive investigations.

The five detectives are being investigated over the disappearance of a Kenyan national Nicodemus Mwania Mwange, and two Indian nationals Mohamed Zaid Sami, and Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan.

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Their arraignment comes days after four other detectives appeared before the court over the matter.

The court ruled that the matter would be mentioned on October 31, when the court would hear the application by the counsel representing all the nine detectives.

The five officers who are being investigated are Joseph Mwenda Mbaya, David Chepcheng Kipsoi, Stephen Luseno Mutunda, Paul Njogu Muriithi and Simon Muhuga Gikonyo.

The court was requested to order DNA samples taken from the respondents for purposes of profiling and comparison with some recovered items believed to belong to the missing two Indian nationals.

Through its Senior Assistant Michael Sang, and Harrison Kiarie, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) sought the court’s authorization to subject electronic gadgets recovered from the five detectives for forensic examination.

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According to the police records, the five suspects were detained at the Industrial Area Police Remand overnight ahead of today’s arraignment.

“They are being investigated for the offences of conspiracy to commit a felony and abduction. They will be arraigned on Thursday, October 27.”

The Special Services Unit has been largely accused for the disappearance of Kenyans, and calls have been made to the new administration of President William Ruto to ensure the suspects are arrested.

President Ruto ordered for the disbandment of SSU, saying that the role of the unit was not legal, and that it was responsible for the forceful disappearance of innocent Kenyans.

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