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Kayole resident denies owning a pistol, searching for ammunition

A robbery suspect allegedly arrested while in possession of a pistol in Kayole, Nairobi, is battling charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.

At Makadara Law Courts, Mr. Abdi Ali was charged with being in possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate contrary to section 4 (2) (a) of penal code as read with section 4 (3) (2) (b) of the firearm Act.

Mr. Ali was allegedly found with a Tegray Falcon pistol at his house in Matopeni area of Kayole on January 15, 2023.

He was also charged with being in possession of an imitation firearm contrary to section 34 (1) of the firearm Act after he was found with a black toy pistol at his house on the same day.

Police officers on patrol received information from members of the public about a person looking for ammunition.

They flagged down a motorcycle and arrested a pillion passenger who happens to be Mr. Ali and upon search, they allegedly recovered a pistol’s magazine from him.

He told the cops that he was looking for an accomplice who was to supply him with ammunition.

Mr. Ali led police to his house in the Matopeni area where the cops conducted a search and allegedly recovered the pistol and the toy pistol.

His accomplice was found in the area but he did not have any ammunition and was released.

The accused person denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia.

He was released on a bond of Sh200, 000 with a surety of a similar amount and an alternative cash bail of Sh100, 000.

The case will be mentioned on January 30 before hearing starts on May 30.

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