5 more DCI officers from disbanded SSU squad arrested

5 more DCI officers from disbanded SSU squad arrested

  • The National Police Service’s Internal Affairs Unit said the five were arrested on Wednesday at the IAU headquarters in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area.
  • They are being investigated for the offences of conspiracy to commit a felony and abduction.

Five more officers from the disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU) of the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) have been arrested.

The National Police Service’s Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) in a notice dated October 26 said the five who were attached to the DCI headquarters were arrested on Wednesday at the IAU headquarters in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area.

The four are Corporals Joseph Mwenda Mbaya and David Chepcheng Kipsoi, as well as Constables Stephen Luseno matunda, Paul Njogu Muriithi and Simon Muhunga Gikonyo.

“They are being investigated for the offences of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to Section 393 of the Penal Code and abduction contrary to Section 254 of the Penal Code,” the notice said.

The officers are currently held at Industrial Area Police Station awaiting arraignment on Thursday.

Their arrest came just four days after four others were arrested for allegations of conspiracy to commit a felony and kidnapping. 

Chief Inspector Peter Muthee, Corporals Joseph Mbugua, Francis Ndonye and John Kamau were arrested after being questioned at the IAU offices last Friday. 

The DCI announced SSU's dissolution through a statement on October 16, attributing the choice to an order from the acting Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow.

President Ruto later in the day said he had directed the disbandment of the elite squad as part of his plan to address extrajudicial killings in the country.

The Head of State said the police unit had become killers, instead of protectors of ordinary Kenyans.

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