Police have arrested a taxi driver who operates in Migori in connection with the killing of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and abduction of Nation journalist Barack Oduor.
They have also detained a Toyota Fielder, the vehicle they believe was used in the abduction of Ms Otieno and Mr Oduor in what police bosses in Nairobi believe to be a breakthrough in the case.
Interestingly, Jack Gombe is drives a Taxi owned by the Official PA of Governor Obado known as Caspal Obiero.
The court has allowed police to detain the driver, identified as Mr Jack Gombe, for two weeks for questioning.
Police are now looking for a second vehicle, suspected to have been used by one of the masterminds on the day of the abduction.
The driver, who operates in Migori, is said to have driven the dark car identified in the witness statement filed by Mr Oduor, who has claimed he escaped the captors by jumping out of the moving vehicle.
The arrest means three suspects are in police custody in relation to the murder of Ms Otieno 10 days ago.
Already in custody are Mr Michael Oyamo, Obado’s other personal assistant, and former Kanyadoto Ward Rep Lawrence Mula.
Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Nation that the suspect was picked up in Migori town on Sunday evening and later moved to unknown destination. They believe the suspect was either driving or was in the vehicle during the abduction.
Police are looking for a gang of three others said to have carried out the gruesome murder and then fled to Nairobi. Last evening, police bosses in Nyanza declined to comment the report, even though their juniors had separately done so in confidence. A relative of Mr Gombe, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, confirmed the arrest and detention.
“He was arrested in connection with the murder of Sharon but we believe he is innocent,” the relative said.
The owner of the alleged vehicle was also interrogated for hours by the detectives. Detectives from outside Migori County were spotted in the afternoon at the Migori police station.
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