Prison Warder Arrested for Supplying Gory Police Photos to Robert Alai

  • A selfie pic of prison warder Patrick Safari File
  • A prison warder cum blogger was arrested on Tuesday night in Kitui, in association with the gory photos of police officers who died in an IED attack in Wajir County.

    Patrick Safari was picked up by the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) from his house and held at the Mutomo police over the issue.

    He was then moved to the ATPU offices in Nairobi for grilling.

    Prison warder Patrick Safari

    Police wanted to know where Safari, a prison warder based in Mandera, got the pictures from.

    Earlier before his arrest, Patrick took to his Twitter handle to inform the public that he was a police target, in connection to the photo sharing.

    On Tuesday morning, controversial blogger Robert Alai was arrested and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road.

    The two were arraigned in court on Wednesday. Police told the court that the photos Alai posted on Twitter were taken by an Al-Shabaab sympathiser at the scene of the attack and sent to the duo.

    Police, therefore, want their links with terrorists further investigated over the next 30 days.

    Blogger Alai could become the first Kenyan to be charged under the controversial anti-terrorism law that targets publishers of information, including media houses, publications, journalists and bloggers.

    Blogger Robert Alai (R) Patrick Safari (L) in a Nairobi court on June 19, 2019.