ATPU officers arrest Sonko’s aides, ransack houses

Police have arrested former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s aides and searched their houses over allegations of terrorism activities.

According to reports, seven aides were arrested on Friday and Saturday by plainclothes detectives.

Some outside City Hall, some from their Nairobi homes and some on the road.

Panic spread among Sonko friends and supporters who feared they may be targeted.

The arrests increased to nine the number of those in custody, in addition to Sonko, over claims they are training a militia group to terrorise the country.

Police went to the Nairobi homes of those arrested and seized knives and items including jungle camouflage military-type uniforms, said to be among items allegedly used for training.

The operations were carried out by the Anti-Terror Police Unit.

The first people arrested in the operation that began last week were aides Clifford Ouko and Benjamin Ochieng. On Thursday they were produced at the Kahawa West law court in Kamiti Prison for allegedly attempting to rescue Sonko.

The prosecution wants them detained for 30 days, pending investigations.

The magistrate ordered them detained until Monday when they and Sonko will appear for the hearing of an application to hold them for 30 days

The two were arrested on February 3 outside Kamiti.

Ochieng had gone on Facebook live outside the prison, saying Sonko was locked up there.

An affidavit by police said they recovered military uniforms, SIM cards, a laptop and assorted mobile phones from the two men.

In a sworn affidavit, inspector Ezekiel Luley of ATPU said the two have been wearing military uniforms against Kenyan law.

He said they planned to attack parts of the country and cause mayhem.

Sonko spent his weekend at the Gigiri police cells ahead of two rulings on his release.

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