Update: Three police officers arrested over escape of child serial killer in Kenya
Three police officers have been arrested in connection with the escape of Masten Wanjala, a self-confessed child serial killer.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Wanjala on Tuesday night, October 12, escaped from the Jogoo Road Police Station under mysterious circumstances.
Officials on duty said they discovered Wanjala was missing at 7 a.m. on Wednesday while conducting a roll call.
The officers, including the deputy officer commanding station at Jogoo Road police station and two others, were apprehended on Wednesday evening in connection with the escape.
They are likely to be produced in court on Thursday with charges of aiding the escape of the suspect from lawful custody and negligence of duties.
They were picked up from their work station and taken to the Nairobi Area command for grilling before being detained at Capitol Hill cells ahead of the arraignment.
At least 20 people were questioned over the escape of Wanjala. They included some of the suspects who were in custody and police officers.
A police statement on the arrest read:
“No. 236523 IP PHILIP MBITHI, No. 105352 P. C KAMAKIA MUTUMA BONIFACE and No. 117150 PC (W) PRECIOUS MWENDE MWINZI, all of Jogoo Police station were arrested by officers from RCIO’s office Nairobi for the offences of aiding escape from lawful custody and neglect of official duty contrary to section 124 and 128 of the Penal code respectively. They are to be charged in court following the escape of one Masten Mulimu Wanjala during the night of 12/13/10/2021 who had been remanded at Jogoo Road Police Station following a series of murder cases.”