by Paul Nyongesa
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27 suspects were arrested last night in Nakuru, in connection with the spate of armed robberies that have been reported in the city in the last few days.
Five of the suspects Moses Njoe, 21, Thomas Nguruna, 19, Evans Napati, 21, Sammy Sunguya, 23, and Emmanuel Tein, 20 were arrested by officers based at Rhonda police station, shortly after staging an attack in Jasho area, Nakuru West sub county.
The five were cornered after Inspector Anunda, who was leading the operation fired a round in the air from his AK-47 assault rifle, warning the thugs to surrender or have themselves to blame.
Crude weapons including machetes, clubs, swords, metal rods and pieces of wood were recovered from the thugs, who have left Nakuru residents living in fear of being attacked. Also recovered were assorted SIM cards and identification documents belonging to victims of robbery incidents.
The rest of the suspects were arrested in a separate operation conducted in Mawanga area in the dead of the night, where 22 suspects all aged between 20 and 30 were arrested.
Detectives are warning the remaining thugs to surrender within 24 hours, before a specialized team of sleuths from DCI headquarters is deployed to annihilate the miscreants once and for all.
They are encouraged to learn from the fate that befell the Katombi gang, which operated with impunity in Mathare, Huruma and Pangani areas before finally being wiped out.

Detectives based at Kileleshwa in the upmarket Kilimani suburbs, foiled an armed attack aimed at two businessmen last evening.
This followed a tip-off received by the officers, who quickly pounced on the suspects in the nick of time, just before staging their attack.
The thugs who were using a motorbike as their getaway means were cornered along Laikipia road in Kilimani, by the hawk eyed officers who ordered them to surrender immediately.
But the thugs defied the order and escaped in different directions leaving the bike behind, prompting a chase that pit the thugs against the officers.
It wasn’t long before one of the thugs was swept off his feet by the long legged Corporal Miheso, catapulting him to the air for a moment before he landed on the ground with a thud. There’s no way the thug would have gotten away from Miheso, a former physical trainer at the National Police College main campus – Kiganjo.
But before Miheso handcuffed the thug and led him to the police station, an angry mob of nduthi men that was chasing closely behind baying for his blood, descended on him with an avalanche of blows and kicks, disfiguring his dental arrangement and gifting him a swollen eye.
The thug writhed on the ground in pain begging for forgiveness, as the unforgiving nduthi men jostled for an opportunity to deliver a blow on his face.
Before reinforcement for Corporal Miheso arrived, the riders had dispensed what they described as instant justice to the thug.
A homemade pistol capable of firing loaded with one round of 9mm calibre, was also recovered from the thug identified as Eric Musungu, from Kawangware 46 area. The second suspect escaped by a whisker and detectives are hot on his trail.
Meanwhile, Musungu was booked in custody pending arraignment tomorrow morning.

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