Uganda hands over robbery suspect to Kenyan authorities
25 February 2015, 15:32
Bungoma - Ugandan authorities on Tuesday arrested a Kenyan man who is accused of fleeing to the neighbouring country on Monday after their efforts to rob a businessman in Chepkube market in Cheptais Sub-County failed.
Confirming the arrest, Bungoma County Commissioner Mohamed Maalim said that Washington Naibei had been handed over to Kenyan authorities and he will help the police in carrying out investigations on the whereabouts of his accomplices.
“I can authoritatively confirm that we are holding a criminal who was arrested in Uganda and handed over to us as he fled to the neighbouring state following a botched robbery on Monday night after the Administration officers manning the border point engaged in a fire exchange with the robbers,” he said.
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He disclosed that during the failed robbery incident, one AK47 firearm with two ammunitions was recovered after one robber dropped it and fled to Uganda.
Maalim said that the porous border points have made it easier for criminals to cross into either country and commit robbery and also aiding in trafficking of illegal firearms.
“We are keen to ensure that no illegal firearms or contraband goods are brought to the country. Our officers have been placed in various border points to ensure that only genuine people cross over to either country,” said the commissioner.
He said that the authorities from the two sister states are working together to tame cross-border crime which is rife in Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha and Chepkube entry points.
The Commissioner said that the suspect will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.
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