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Firearm allegedly stolen from Vihiga OCS recovered in Mwiki, Kasarani

A firearm allegedly stolen from the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Vihiga when he was attacked while on patrol on December 21, 2023, has been recovered in Mwiki, Kasarani Sub-County.

In a statement on Tuesday, April 9, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the officer in charge of Vihiga Police Station was on patrol when he was attacked by a gang and his firearm with 15 bullets was stolen.

“After days of surveillance, detectives from the DCI Operations Directorate quickly responded to an intelligence report received through the Fichua kwa DCI hotline from an anonymous caller,” the report reads in part.

The anonymous caller reported seeing a suspicious car with three armed men in Mwiki.

“Officers approached the scene and realised that they were the same suspects who had evaded several police dragnets after staging some attacks in the capital,” the DCI report said.

When ordered to surrender by the police, two of the suspects ran away while the third suspect allegedly pulled out a firearm to confront the detectives.

He was shot dead during the confrontation while his accomplices fled into a crowded shopping centre where they are believed to be hiding.

A KBZ 985T Nissan Note used by the suspects was seized along with other evidence found hidden inside.

According to the report, the OCS was on patrol in his private car in Vihiga when he was attacked and stabbed.

He was stabbed in the head and shoulder as he struggled with the attackers and left the incident outside Maragoli Plaza with an injury, police said.

The police commander said the attackers, who appeared to have marked his movements, made off with his Jericho pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition, two mobile phones, car keys and other personal items.

Detectives investigating the incident said they believed he had been targeted by people who knew him.

He was rescued and taken to Mungoma Private Hospital for medical attention and later transferred to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.