Police have arrested a businessman who was allegedly found in possession of a cache of weapons including 22 high-calibre firearms and 565 rounds of ammunition.
Ken Wycliff Okello Lugwili was taken in at the Kilimani Police Station soon after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations announced it had launched a manhunt for him on Wednesday.
According to police, 22 firearms and 565 rounds of ammunition were recovered at an office belonging to Lugwili during an auctioneering exercise at the said premises in Nairobi’s Kilimani suburbs.
Lugwili, who is linked to a company called Vic. Tecnologies, is said to have accumulated rent arrears amounting to Ksh.4,962,990 prompting the landlord, Ballon Wanjala Nangalama, to seek a court order allowing him to break into the premise and auction off Lugwili’s property.
On Tuesday night, police officers accompanied a team of auctioneers to the premise where they were met with shock after they discovered an armoury in one of the rooms which contained an assortment of weapons.
They included nine escort magnum short guns, one Benelli short gun, five Guatro short guns, one savage short gun, six Walter pistols, and a total of 565 ammunition of assorted different calibres.
The police added that they found: “25 pistol holsters, 9 double magazine carriers, 6 single magazine carriers, 30 slings, 5 sniper altimeters, 10 sniper torches, and a certificate of registration as a firearm dealer.”
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in a statement, however, said that his license was suspended over 3 years ago.
The Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) has taken over the case for further investigations.