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9 Nigerians arrested in Thika with crude weapons

Thika West Sub-County Police Commander Daniel Kinyua

Police in Thika are holding  9 men of Nigerian origin who were arrested on Sunday evening at Kang’oki area of Makongeni Division in Thika.

It is alleged that the nine, aged between 20 and 28 years of age, were rounded up by curious members of public who got concerned about their suspicious mission at a secluded bushy area in Kang’oki. Upon search, they were found in possession of crude weapons which the residents suspected were meant to cause harm in a yet to be established mission.

When these foreigners failed to convincingly explain their mission, the irate mob pounced on them with all manner of crude weapons, injuring them seriously.

They were rescued by officers from Makongeni Police Station who took them to hospital for treatment. 8 of them were treated and discharged while one was admitted at Thika Level 5 Hospital with serious fractures on his right lower limbs.

Confirming the incident, Thika West Sub-County Police Commander Daniel Kinyua said that Makongeni Police received a report that some foreigners had been subjected to mob justice at Kang’oki area and upon arrival, they found the suspects in possession of 4 knives and an axe.

“Upon search, they were found to bear no legal documentation allowing them to be in the country. Preliminary investigations also revealed that none of them resides in Thika and we suspect that they might be hosted by someone around this place. We have not yet established their mission but we have arraigned them in court on charges of being in the country without the requisite documentation and being in possession of dangerous weapons with intent to commit a felony,” explained the OCPD.

The 9 have been remanded for 14 days to allow the police to complete investigations.

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