Kayole: Dramatic arrest of Al-Shabaab returnee who police say is the leader of dreaded gang robbing M-Pesa shops

for Tv47 Digital November 08, 2022, 04:45 PM
Kayole Thugs
A collage photo of the two thugs from the three arrested by DCI sleuths in Kayole. PHOTO | DCI Twitter

In Summary

  • DCI sleuths have arrested a suspected ring leader of a notorious gang that has been terrorising residents of Kayole area.
  • John Mutiso Makau is believed to be a returnee from the Alshabaab terrorist group in Somalia.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nairobi have arrested the suspected ring leader of a notorious gang that has been terrorizing city residents.

John Mutiso Makau alias Katitu was smoked out of his hideout after a dramatic chase in Nairobi’s Kayole estate by DCI sleuths backed up by a contingent of officers from the Kayole police division.

The suspect, who is believed to be a returnee from the Al-Shabaab militia group in Somalia, was arrested 48 hours after two of his accomplices (Brian Wambua Mbindyo and Danson Musyoka Mulee) had been rounded up.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that Musyoka had a past criminal record and had been involved in various bank heists before going under.

DCI says Musyoka had retreated to his rural home in Matuu where he put up a modest home but had recently sneaked back to the city. 

His main work was "ferrying his accomplices to scenes of crime and moved around in a red motorcycle that would be spotted bearing registration numbers KMF 265Y and KMGF 588H."

Meanwhile, DCI says that Mbindyo was in-charge of surveillance and his duties included going around Mpesa shops in city estates gathering information on the shops transacting large amounts of cash, before sharing his findings with his accomplices.

He also reportedly confessed to the police that "he would remain at the scenes of crime and offer misleading eye-witness accounts to crime scene detectives and members of the press."

Criminal records

The three are believed to be behind the gruesome murder of Nicodemus Mbuvi Munyasya, 38, an accounts clerk outside Donholm’s Family bank on October 31, 2022.

"The victim had deposited a cheque in the bank and was walking out carrying two disposable cups in the carrier bag. Immediately he stepped out of the banking hall, two thugs on a motorbike accosted him and a scuffle ensued as the thugs snatched the bag from Munyasia, assuming that it contained a wad of cash," DCI reports.

Unfortunately, Munyasya was shot four times, three in his legs and once in his chest by the fleeing thugs. Forensic Crime Scene detectives recovered one spent cartridge and one bullet head at the scene.

The thugs are also believed to be behind a series of other armed robberies in the city including one reported at Embakasi police station on October 19, where one Dennis Musyoki and his wife who operates a Mpesa outlet were attacked at gunpoint as they walked home.

The robbers are also believed to have been involved in the shooting of a househelp of the retired managing director of Coast Development Authority James Kahindi in Rongai.

Preliminary findings from the Forensic Ballistic Unit based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory established that the firearm used in all the incidents was similar. 

During the operation, police recovered 18 rounds of 9mm caliber from Katitu’s house in Fedha estate.

Meanwhile, sleuths have launched manhunt operations for the fourth accomplice only identified as Willie or Ibrah also a returnee from Somalia.

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