Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested five suspected members of a gang that has been terrorising taxi operators in Kiambu County.

The vicious gang operates between Githurai, Ruiru, and Kirigiti, targeting Little Cab drivers.

According to the DCI, one of the gang members poses as a would-be passenger but once inside the vehicle, he grabs the driver’s neck from behind and orders him to drive the car to a secluded area, where his accomplices then join him.

The driver is then robbed after being assaulted and his vehicle vandalised.

“On 10th February, one of the thugs using a fake identity, requested to be taken to Kirigiti from Githurai Kimbo, to allegedly pick up his ailing mother, who needed urgent medical attention. On reaching Kirigiti, where they were supposed to pick up an ailing woman, a man emerged and entered the vehicle,” said the DCI in a statement.

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“The vehicle was then commandeered to Sasisni coffee bushes, where three more thugs emerged. They vandalised the vehicle, making away with the headlights and taillights, side mirrors, mirror switches, car battery, and the spare wheel.”

The same gang carjacked two other cab drivers in a similar fashion, robbing them of their valuables before vandalising their vehicles and abandoning them in Mwihoko, Githurai, in the night.

Following intelligence leads, Githurai and Ruiru-based detectives on Monday, 16th February, arrested Peter Njoroge Kirika, John Muchoki Gatuhu, John Kimani Nganga, Peter Mwangi Murima, and Benson Itimu Kariuki. Three of the suspects are ex-convicts for various capital offences, including robbery with violence and murder.

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“The miscreants are well organised, complete with a mechanic who vandalises a vehicle within minutes of a carjacking and a customer relations expert, who lures unsuspecting taxi drivers to their trap,” said the DCI.

Police recovered a vehicle used by the gang, assorted allen keys, screwdrivers, and sacks for carrying vandalised motor vehicle parts.

Also recovered were some victims’ original national identity cards that had been used to register SIM cards and a phone used to call unsuspecting cab drivers.

The suspects were arraigned in Ruiru yesterday and the detectives granted 10 days to complete their investigations.

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