There was drama at Ikanga airstrip in Voi, Taita Taveta County, on Friday afternoon after embattled Nairobi governor Mike Sonko refused to board a police chopper following his arrest.
In a video seen by Kenyanbulletin.com, the governor gave detectives attached to the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) rough time as they struggle to force him board the helicopter.
Police officers were forced to handcuff him before he was airlifted to Nairobi.
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"I'm not boarding!" Drama at Ikanga Airstrip in Voi after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko refused to board a police chopper following his arrest. Police officers were forced to handcuff him.
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The chopper has since touched down at Wilson Airport and the governor has been taken to EACC offices before being arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts.
The governor, according to EACC, was arrested while escaping arrest at a roadblock in Voi.
“EACC confirms that Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi has been arrested while escaping arrest at a roadblock in Voi and is being transferred to Nairobi to face charges of corruption and economic crime, ” EACC said in a tweet.
This comes hours after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for his immediate arrest on Friday morning.
In a statement, Haji stated that he had independently reviewed investigation file by EACC on allegations levelled on Sonko and was convinced that there was sufficient evidence to warrant his prosecution.
“Following a comprehensive investigation by the EACC and upon receiving and independently reviewing the investigation file I have found sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution and I have therefore ordered for the immediate arrest and arraignment in court of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko,” said Haji.
The governor has been on EACC radar for months now over alleged flawed tenders that were illegally awarded.
It is alleged that Sonko was involved in forging documents, with four companies owned by his close aides diverting funds to his account.
On his side, Sonko has accused the EACC Director of Investigation Abdi A. Mohamed of being the mastermind of his woes, alluding that he is being personal on his attack.