Five more DCI officers from disbanded Special Services Unit arrested

Five more officers from the disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU) of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have been arrested over alleged abduction.

The National Police Service’s Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) in a notice dated October 26 said the five who were attached to the DCI headquarters were arrested on Wednesday at the IAU headquarters in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area.

The four are Corporals Joseph Mwenda Mbaya and David Chepcheng Kipsoi, as well as Constables Stephen Luseno Matunda, Paul Njogu Muriithi, and Simon Muhunga Gikonyo.

“They are being investigated for the offences of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to Section 393 of the Penal Code and abduction contrary to Section 254 of the Penal Code,” the notice said.

The officers are currently held at Industrial Area Police Station awaiting arraignment today, October 27.

Their arrest came just four days after four others were arrested for allegations of conspiracy to commit a felony and kidnapping.

Chief Inspector Peter Muthee, Corporals Joseph Mbugua, Francis Ndonye, and John Kamau were arrested and arraigned at the Kahawa Law Court on Monday, October 24.

On Wednesday, Kahawa Magistrate Diana Mochache dismissed their objection challenging IAU powers to seek orders to detain them for 30 days for investigations.

The IAU continues its investigation into the murders and requested for 30 days to conduct take DNA tests, alleging that it has faced interference from government officials including the police.

The DCI announced SSU’s dissolution through a statement on October 16, attributing the choice to an order from the acting Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow.

President Ruto later in the day said he had directed the disbandment of the elite squad as part of his plan to address extrajudicial killings in the country.

The Head of State said the police unit had become killers, instead of protectors of ordinary Kenyans.

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