Kamiti Prison Escapees Arrested

  • Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.
    Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.
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  • Three terrorists who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison were Thursday, November 18, found in Mwingi East, Kitui and arrested.

    The trio, Musharraf Abdalla, Joseph Juma and Mohammed Abdi, were reportedly trying to flee to the neighbouring country of Somalia when they were pounced on. The arrest ends a three-day manhunt. 

    The three were arrested following a tip-off from the public.

    The convicts are being transported to Nairobi County for safe custody and further questioning.

    Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.
    Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.
    (Courtesy)

    Following their escape on Sunday night, November 14, President Uhuru Kenyatta held a crisis meeting at State House with security officials.

    In the meeting, the president announced the sacking of Commissioner General of Prisons Service, Wycliffe Ogalo.

    Heavily armed detectives raided Magereza House commando-style and whisked away the prisons' boss after which they accompanied him home. 

    The president also ordered the State Department of Correctional Services to sanction disciplinary action against all Kenya Prisons Service personnel who were on duty when the security breaches occurred; which action shall include redeployment and, or immediate suspension of all affected officers.

    The president ordered action be brought against anyone who is found guilty of aiding the escape of the convicts.

    The trio escaped almost the same time as when neighbouring Uganda experienced twin bombings in Parliament and near the Central police station.

    The government urged members of the public to be on the lookout for suspicious people and report to the nearest police station any persons or activities they find suspicious in their neighbourhoods.

    "The National Police Service assures the public of their security and safety following terror-related incidences in our neighbouring country earlier today. Our sympathies to victims and families who were affected by such an atrocious act.

    "We have activated our security installations across the country with heightened security within our towns and borders," the statement read.

    Fired Commissioner General of Prisons Service, Wycliffe Ogalo
    Fired Commissioner General of Prisons Service, Wycliffe Ogalo
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