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Suspected ring leader of ‘hawkers murder squad’ arrested

By HILARY KIMUYU

Police have arrested a man suspected to be behind a spate of killings of hawkers in Nairobi. The suspect, Mr Protus Sakala alias Salala, was arrested by flying squad officers on Thursday night, barely hours after Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s public outcry over the alleged harassment and killings of hawkers by rogue county askaris.

According to Sonko, at the time of the arrest, Salala, who is county askari, was armed with a ceska pistol which he says has already been confiscated by the police.

“Good news just coming. Following the quick intervention by the DPP Keriako Tobiko and DCI Mr Muhoho Ndegwa, the main ring leader in the brutal murder of hawkers has just been arrested by flying squad officers,” the senator wrote on his Facebook.

THREE OTHER SUSPECTS

Sonko also said the CID are pursuing three other three suspects whom he named as Alfred Marenya Ogesi alias Brown, Ambani Akasi alias Wasiwasi and Julius Ochieng.

The Nairobi Senator further offered money to anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of the named suspects.

“I’m offering a reward of Sh100,000 to anyone who will give information leading to the arrest of the three other suspects who are still at large. My special thanks goes to the DPP and the DCI for a job well done,” he said.

Sonko had earlier on Thursday issued the government with a resignation threat if the matter of harassment of hawkers by County askaris is not addressed saying that in the past 12 months, 19 hawkers had lost their lives.