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Police arrest Meru ‘James Bond’ who clung on Raila’s chopper – PHOTOS

Police have arrested a man who clung on Cord leader Raila Odinga’s chopper on Thursday.

They traced and arrested the man identified as Mr Julius Mwithalii Rigo from Kangeta in Igembe Central.

Meru County Meru County Police Commander Nelson Taliti confirmed the arrest on Friday.

After the dangerous ride, Mr Rigo was dropped at Athima Primary School grounds in an emergency landing.

Mr Julius Rigo from Kangeta in Igembe Central
Mr Julius Rigo at Maua Police Station on January 27, 2017. PHOEBE OKALL

ESCAPED UNHURT

He managed to alight and escaped unhurt more than 15 kilometres from Maili Tatu grounds where the chopper had taken off.

Mr Odinga had visited the region for a voter registration drive.

The man took security officers by surprise when he clung on the chopper at Maili Tatu grounds in Igembe Central when the former Prime Minister was taking off to Nairobi.

The police officers who were present were caught unawares when the man held on the chopper’s skids during lift-off and started waving to the crowd.

When the pilot heard screams from the crowd he tried to slow down to allow him alight but the man continued clinging onto the chopper waving to the crowd.

A man clings onto the skids of a chopper as Cord leader takes off from Meru to Nairobi. His fate remains unknown. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI
A man clings onto the skids of a chopper as Cord leader takes off from Meru to Nairobi. His fate remains unknown. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI

RIDE TO NAIROBI

Residents said Mr Rigo had vowed to accompany Cord leader back to Nairobi as that was the only chance he could have a chopper ride.

“He was saying that he wanted to board a chopper for the first day and that must be Mr Raila Odinga’s,” Mr John Mwiti said.

Locals had accused police of laxity following the incident saying the suspect could have been stopped if the officers present were vigilant.