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KDF officer among three arrested over missing firearm in Juja

Three people among them a KDF officer have been arrested in Juja following the disappearance of a firearm.

“A Kenya Defense Forces officer and two civilians are in police custody after they were arrested at Windridge – Chai Estate in Juja for stealing a firearm from a stuck licensed firearm holder in Kirinyaga on November 25, 2023.

Sgt William Kabuu Wageni, 54, attached to KDF Kahawa Garrison, his female friend identified as Salome Kimani and 25-year-old Benson Wanjau Wakiai were arrested this weekend by a joint operations team from DCI Juja and DCI Headquarters, and later escorted to Wang’uru Police Station in Mwea East where the firearm loss had been reported.” said DCI

The male victim who was heading home had his Toyota Prado get stuck in Kianda area before calling the help of residents for help. It was after he was rescued that he noticed the firearm was missing.

Efforts to trace it failed prompting the police to step in and assist in the search.

“In the incident, the male victim driving in his Toyota Prado had traveled to check on his shamba located in the county’s Kianda area, and along the way got stuck in a murram road for hours.

Members of the public came to his aid pushing his car out of a slippery ditch by 8.30pm, where after he returned home. On arrival, the 56-year-old realized that his mini CZ loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition which he had secured in his car during the recovery efforts was missing.

He returned to the scene the same night searching for the firearm until 10pm but could do little to trace anything in the dark and trampled muddy passage from an ongoing downpour.

Efforts to ask around the neighbourhood the following morning proved futile, until the ardent hawkshaws stepped in, exploring all intelligence leads until the recovery of the firearm in Juja, Kiambu County.” said DCI

Investigations are underway to determine why six rounds of ammunitions are missing from the firearm.

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