A Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detective is fighting for his life after successfully foiling a hotel robbery.
According to a report by Daily Nation, the officer was among a team that successfully thwarted a robbery attempt at Allaxis Hotel in Migori on the night of Sunday, March 1.
Confirming the incident, Migori DCI boss Njeru Nyaga disclosed that his junior was shot in the shoulder during a gunfight with the robbers where three of the robbers were shot dead.
His condition was so critical that he got airlifted to The Nairobi Hospital in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 4, where he was admitted to ICU.
Allaxis Hotel in Migori where three robbers were shot dead on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
“He was flown to Nairobi following the severe injuries he sustained in the shootout. His situation has deteriorated and he is currently in the ICU,” stated Nyaga.
The detective was in the company of a group of officers when they ambushed the robbers.
Shortly before the incident, members of Migori County Civil Society Organisations Forum (MCSOF) had raised concerns over extra-judicial killings they claimed were spiking.
“It is wrong to execute criminals in such an extra-judicial manner. If the suspects had surrendered, why then did the officers have to kill them in cold blood?” questioned MCSOF Secretary-General Titus Orwa.
In defence, Nyaga argued that in the Sunday night incident, the officers had ordered the robbers to surrender but they opted to open fire leaving them no choice.
“Let those accusing the officers of extra-judicial killings to consider the fate of the detective who was critically injured in the gun drama.
“Our officers are also human and any threat to their lives while on duty should never be overlooked,” he stated.
DCI, in a statement, disclosed that the officers arrived at the hotel ahead of the robbers after receiving a tip-off.
This comes at a time when investigations into the murder of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, a police officer who was attached to the office of Deputy President William Ruto, are rife.
DCI detectives suspect that the officer was murdered owing to his connection to the ongoing probe into Ksh39 billion fake arms scandal that former Sports CS Rashid Echesa has been roped in.
A Kenyan Police Officer pictured at a crime scene.