A police officer based at the Sagana police station in Kirinyaga county has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of four suspects from the cells on friday.
Corporal Evans Kimathi was interrogated after it emerged that he abandoned his rifle and the cells he was manning and disappeared. He was reached through his mobile phone and he said that he fell ill, checked into a hospital in Kibingoti area where he was admitted.
The four prisoners who escaped are notorious suspects of robbery with violence in Sagana town and were being investigated by the local police. Wallace Githuku Muiruri, Julius Murigi Mburu, Martin Ndung’u and Charles Mwangi escaped after they managed to cut the cell ventilation grills with a hacksaw.
The suspects were arrested on January 24 in Maragua, Murang’a, and were charged with robbery with violence. They were yet to take plea after the investigating officer asked court for more time to conclude his findings.
The officer was granted 14 days to detain the suspects as he carried out more investigations. According to police documents, one officer Adan Dolo, who was also on duty, reported that he opened the cells at around 5.30am when the canteen manager brought breakfast for the prisoners.