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Four officers charged for helping drug peddler to escape from custody

16 September 2015, 09:23 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Four police officers allegedly accused of aiding a prisoner to escape were Tuesday charged in court.

The four; Justus Titus Sangalo, Ahmed Shaban Saney, David Kipkurui appeared before senior Resident Magistrate Irene Ruguru to answer to the charges.

It is alleged that on September 31, the four officers aided Richard Wachira Maranga, a prisoner who was being held at Makupa police station for trafficking 67 sachets of heroine and 50 grams of bhang, to escape from lawful custody.

Their lawyers; Jarred Magolo and Gakuhi Gacagua told the court that their clients are entitled to bail or bond as stipulated in the constitution.

“Your honor these officers do not even work at Makupa police station. They work here (at the court) and are just sacrificial lambs,” said counsel Magolo.

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They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and justice Ruguru set them free on a KES 20 000 cash bail pending hearing on December 8.

The four were arrested after Mombasa County commissioner, Nelson Marwa gave Makupa OCPD Martin Asin an ultimatum of 24 hours to act upon the officers for allegedly releasing the drug trafficker.

Marwa accused the officers of frustrating the anti-drugs and crime war by releasing someone who is believed to be supplying drugs in the County.

He further alleged that the officers had been bribed into releasing the suspect.

The County commissioner had asked for immediate interdiction of the police officers involved in the scandal.

“These officers are killing our efforts to implement the directive by the President to eradicate drugs in this County,” he said.

He was speaking on Monday at Majengo where 32 drug addicts had presented themselves for rehabilitation.

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