Five men who were allegedly well-known local muggers were detained by police in Starehe, Nairobi County.
This came about as a result of intelligence reports the Huruma Police Station OCS got on Sunday about a group of suspected criminals hiding out in Huruma Grounds, prompting him to undertake an operation to flush them out.
Three of the five were detained on the premises, and a search revealed that each had been carrying a highly sharpened knife concealed beneath their pants.
They were identified as Kennedy Wamae, Bernard Musyoki, and Kelvin Mwaniki Lanjuki.
Police stated in a report that “the second one is a jailbird who was freed a month ago and is thought to be a mastermind of robberies committed within Huruma and Mathare.”
In addition, it’s thought that Lanjuki and ten other people robbed a local hospital employee while stabbing him with a knife.
Seven further suspects fled in the direction of St. Martin, but police were able to apprehend two of them during a subsequent operation.
According to the authorities, Fredrick Nangoti and Pascal Ouma are from Mathare North and Eastleigh, respectively, but they claimed to be from Huruma because there is where they go hunting.
The five were processed and charged on Tuesday in front of the Makadara Law Courts.