At least 15 National Youth Service suspects were arrested Sunday night after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji independently reviewed all the ten inquiries files and directed that prosecution commence immediately against all the named 48 suspects.
Among those arrested include director general Richard Ndubai and top finance and procurement officials.
They were held at the DCI headquarters ahead of their prosecution. Those arrested on Sunday night including Ndubai spent the night at the Muthaiga poice station and are likely to spend another night there ahead of their prosecution on Tuesday.
“We spent the night looking for them. They will also spend theirs in custody ahead of their prosecution probably on Tuesday,” said an official aware of the operation.
Youth affairs PS Lilian Omollo reportedly locked herself in her house and refused to cooperate with the police at her Kitsuru home creating a standoff.
Police are this morning still camping outside her home seeking to arrest her.
This gives a signal of looming arrests and prosecutions on more than 40 suspects who include NYS managers, suppliers and treasury officials. Reports indicate that on Friday, Haji and DCI George Kinoti met to review statements recorded by the individuals suspected to have been involved in the latest NYS scandal.
The two officers met at the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road where they scrutinized evidence gathered by detectives.
This came as Ms Omollo and Nbubai who have since stepped aside over the probe appeared before a Parliamentary group and stated the money lost could be less than Sh1 billion and not the Sh9 billion being touted in public.
Investigations were launched after it emerged that an unknown amount of money could have been lost at the NYS through fictitious payments. President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered for speedy investigations that have seen Ms Omollo and Ndubai step aside. All NYS Procurement, Finance and Accounting who are under investigations have been sent on compulsory leave.
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