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Notorious highway robber nabbed, police recover illegal firearm

Police officers in Turkana South Sub County in Turkana are holding a suspect of highway robbery found in possession of an illegal firearm.

In a report filed at Kalemngorok Police Post, Turkana South Sub County, Mr Etabo Ejere, is believed to be amongst a gang that has been terrorizing members of the public in Katilu and Kakong wards.

Equally, they have been harassing locals along the busy Kitale- Lodwar Highway and had been spotted within the Kalemngorok trading centre.

“Officers from Kalemongorok Police Post responded immediately and managed to arrest the suspect. He then led the officers to his house and after conducting a search managed to recover a Kenya Police Service jungle shirt,” the report read in part.

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Suspected highway bandit Etabo Ejere
Suspected highway bandit Etabo Ejere. PHOTO | COURTESY

While the officers were still interrogating the suspect, they received information that the suspect’s firearm which he has been using to terrorise locals had been moved to a different location.

This is after they learnt that he had been arrested and officers had conducted a search within the house he was residing in.

It is then that the officers acted swiftly and managed to arrest the wife Ms Esther Lokol and a relative known as Mr Melvin Eketoye.

The duo led the officers to Nakwakitala village where they managed to recover the firearm; an AK-47 bolt head but whose serial number was not visible as it had been erased.

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Suspected highway bandit Etabo Ejere
Suspected highway bandit Etabo Ejere’s tools of trade. PHOTO | COURTESY

The firearm was loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition and it has been kept as an exhibit as police officers go on with the investigations.

“The three were escorted to Kalemngorok Police Post. Already, detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) within the vast Turkana County are investigating the matter,” the report further read.

This comes barely a week after 11 people including eight police officers attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) were killed by suspected bandits in Turkana East.

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