There was drama at Makunga Shopping Centre along the Kisumu-Kakamega Road when a daring gang intercepted a lorry that had been seized by DCI detectives for ferrying uncustomed sugar.
Using over 20 vehicles and an unknown number of motorcycles whose number plates had been concealed, the gang barricaded the road and attempted to seize the 400 bags of sugar and free the suspects who had earlier been arrested.
The lorry was being escorted to Kisumu by DCI detectives, and Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit officers attached to Kenya Revenue Authority. It had earlier been detained at Chwele Police Station.
“In the ensuing melee, one of our officers was attacked and injured seriously by the gang, leaving him with injuries on his chest and limbs,” says DCI. “Luckily, a contingent of police officers from Kakamega that was headed to Chwele reinforced the officers, restoring sanity and helping in the arrest of the suspects.”
Three of the vehicles used by the suspects and a motorcycle were successfully impounded. One suspect was killed while 10 were arrested.
Those arrested were identified as Winnie Muriuki, 22, Evans Ariko, 22, Geoffrey Ikasalion, 28, Dan Oure, 23, Thomas Ekisa, 24, Isaac Etyang, 21, Sammy Oloo, 22, David Otieno, 27, Simon Ogema, 24, and Kelvin Kasala, 21.
“Also recovered were crude weapons that were in the possession of the gang,” says DCI.
The suspects are currently being processed at Kakamega Police Station as investigations continue.
The question on everyone’s lips is the identity of the owner of the uncustomed sugar, and why he had the audacity to stage such a daring attack.