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Governor’s bodyguard loses firearm after overnight romp in hotel

Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok’s bodyguard has been arrested after he lost his firearm in Nakuru town during an overnight stay at a hotel with an unidentified woman.

Police officer Constable Benjamin Lorum Ikokoji’s firearm was allegedly stolen by the woman he had spent the night with at a Nakuru hotel.

He was detained at the Nakuru Central police station on Saturday evening where he had gone to report the incident.

Confirming the arrest, Nakuru Officer Commanding Police Division(OCPD) Joshua Omukata the officer is helping in investigations into the Saturday night incident.

AIDING INVESTIGATIONS

“The police officer is held at the Nakuru Central police station and is aiding in investigations,”said OCPD Mr Omukata.

He also disclosed that police are looking for the unidentified woman who is now believed to be on the run.

County Criminal Investigations Department boss Mr Henry Kiambati  said investigators have started piecing together information that will lead to recovery of the firearm.

“My officers have started following crucial leads to arrest the key suspect in the incident who is still at large,”said Mr Kiambati.

He however declined to disclose further details.

OFFICIAL DUTY

The officer, who is based at Lodwar Police Station and attached to Mr Nanok’s security detail, had accompanied the governor to Nairobi on official duty last Wednesday.

Mr Ikokoji stayed in Nairobi for two days and on Friday, he travelled to Nakuru to meet a friend.

The same night, he went to Lipps Restaurant in Nakuru Town where he is said to have had drinks and dinner with a woman.

Later, they left for Hot Spring Lodge within Nakuru where they spent the night.

However, the following day, Saturday, at around 11am, attendants entered the room and found him lying on the bed naked and unconscious.

The officer regained consciousness seven hours later at around 7pm and reported to police that he had lost a Ceska pistol serial number E1411 with 15 rounds of ammunition.

The woman also disappeared with his Sh14, 000 cash, his staff ID card and other personal belongings, including his clothes.

The room attendants were also arrested for interrogation.