Nairobi News


Man who jumped over State House wall to face terror charges

A man who was arrested after jumping over the State House perimeter wall appeared at the Milimani Law courts on Monday to face terrorism charges.

Mr Matthew Kinuthia Maina was arrested last Friday. He said he had wanted to seek help from President Uhuru Kenyatta to enable him to finance the production of his music video.

He was remanded for eight days to enable the Anti -Terror Police Unit (ATPU) to complete their investigations.

Separately, the court allowed the ATPU to detain two terror suspects for eight more days to allow for investigations.

Resident Magistrate Edda Agade gave the directive after the Anti -Terror Police Unit requested for more time.

Mr Ngandi John Mwikali and Mr Simon Kimeu Mutie were arrested last Friday in Makueni by CID officers.

This was after Mr Mwikali was overheard saying that he had gone to Somalia to join Al Shabaab and that they were planning to attack the Makueni Hyper supermarket soon.

According to the Anti-Terror Police Unit, Mr Mwikali and his colleagues who were not present in court had finalized plans for the attack and that he had returned home to make arrangements.

In an affidavit filed by Mr Benard Ndirangu, the court was told that the suspect is believed to have been among the Garissa University College attackers.

He said that bags in Mr Mwikali’s possession had been forwarded to the Bomb Disposal Unit to be checked just in case he had carried explosives in it.

“We were informed by a good Samaritan and the suspect was arrested while in the company of Mr Mutie who is also believed to be planning the attack together with him, they were handed to ATPU for further questioning to ascertain whether the allegations were true,” the officer said.