LEFT: Slain female gangster Claire Njoki Kibia. RIGHT: Mourners at Kambiriwa village, Murang'a county, during the burial.LEFT: Slain female gangster Claire Njoki Kibia. RIGHT: Mourners at Kambiriwa village, Murang'a county, during the burial.
By GRACE GITAU

The whereabouts of three men arrested after the burial of a suspected female gangster are unknown as police deny involvement in their disappearance.

The three were taken away on Friday evening in different vehicles but were not booked in to any station in Murang’a.

The youth were attending the burial of 18 year-old Claire Njoki Kibia when detectives raided her home and ransacked their vehicles.

The three were identified as Mr Samuel Kihoro, Mr Samuel Maramu and Mr Amos Ngaire. One is her in-law and the others are her cousins.

NOTORIOUS GANGSTER

They are from Kayole where Claire lived with her boyfriend Mwanii suspected to be a notorious gangster.

Police officers in the county denied arresting the youth and claimed that the operation might have been conducted by a team from Nairobi.

“We suspect that a team from Nairobi made the arrest,” said a police officer who requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Head of Special Crime Intervention Noah Katumo and Nairobi County Police commander Japheth Koome also said they were not aware of any operation conducted by their officers.

The mother of one of those arrested told the Nation that she had not heard from the police or her son.

She insisted those who took away the three identified themselves as police officer.

“We do not know where or why they were taken. We were only attending a burial and we did not know anything about criminals,” she said.

APPEALED FOR GOVERNMENT’S HELP

She appealed to the government to help trace her son and the other two.

The girl’s relatives in Kambirwa village had disclosed that they would record a statement with the police.

However, upon enquiry a source at the Murang’a police station said three women arrived at the station but were referred to the Director of Criminal Investigations in the county.

But the County DCIO said he was aware of any report made over the incident noting those arrested are not in police custody.

“No one has reported the incident. Am also not aware about any raid carried out by officers from this county,” he said.

Claire’s funeral was marked with tension as presence of plainclothes police officers and youths from Kayole caused anxiety among mourners.