Missing Police Firearm Recovered in Meru County, Suspects Arrested

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have successfully recovered a missing G3 police firearm. The weapon, which had been reported missing since September 2023 from the Kiaruyu Police Post in Mathira East, Nyeri County, was found in an unexpected location within Ndunyuruma village of Rwarela-Buuri East in Meru County.

The operation leading to the recovery of the firearm was carried out by a joint team of DCI Operations detectives, supported by officers from the Mugae Police Post. According to sources within the DCI, the firearm was discovered at the residence of a suspect linked to organized criminal activities. The suspect, identified as George Mutembei, is believed to be associated with a gang involved in the theft of police firearms, including an AK47 stolen from the Kabonge Police Station in Kirinyaga on February 2, 2024.

During the operation, George Mutembei managed to evade arrest, reportedly fleeing the scene upon sensing the presence of law enforcement. However, his 30-year-old wife, Priscilla Ntinyari, was apprehended at the location where the firearm was recovered. Additionally, another individual, Joseph Muriungi M’nabea, aged 40, was taken into custody as a person of interest in the investigation. Interrogations are currently underway to ascertain M’nabea’s connections with Mutembei and his alleged criminal activities.

30-year-old , Priscilla Ntinyari, at the location where the firearm was recovered

The recovery of the G3 rifle marks a significant development in the ongoing efforts to combat organized crime and illegal firearms trafficking across the country. It comes amidst a nationwide crackdown on armed gangs, aimed at enhancing public safety and security.

In a statement issued by the DCI, Director X underscored the importance of collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies in combating criminal activities. He praised the dedication and professionalism demonstrated by the detectives involved in the operation, emphasizing the DCI’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens.

The successful recovery of the missing firearm follows closely on the heels of the retrieval of the stolen AK47 from the Kabonge Police Station earlier this month. The AK47, along with 18 rounds of ammunition, was recovered as part of the ongoing efforts to dismantle criminal networks operating within the country.

As the search for George Mutembei intensifies, the two individuals currently in custody will be facing legal proceedings in accordance with the law. The DCI has urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or information that may aid in apprehending the fugitive.

The recovery of the G3 rifle serves as a testament to the determination and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in addressing the scourge of illegal firearms proliferation and organized crime. With the continued support and cooperation of the public, authorities remain steadfast in their pursuit of justice and the maintenance of law and order across the nation.


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