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Terror suspects who escaped from Kamiti Prison arrested in Kitui

Three terror suspects who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison Monday have been arrested.

The three; Musharaf Abdalla alias Alex Shikanda, Joseph Juma Odhiambo and Mohammed Ali Abikar who escaped under unclear circumstances were arrested in Mwingi East as they approached Ukasi.

According to DCI, the suspects were arrested after they received a tip-off from locals and moved swiftly to arrest the trio.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations had placed a huge reward of Ksh 60 million, Ksh 20 million each to anyone with information that may lead to their arrest.

Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga alias Zarkawi was arrested on 30th September 2012, over his participation in a failed attempt to conduct a terrorist attack targeting Parliament Buildings.

Zarkawi hails from Ekero area of Mumias in Kakamega County.

“He was charged with possession of explosives, ammunition and firearms.” the DCI said

Mohamed Ali Abikar on the other hand was involved in the Garissa University attack on 2nd April 2015, according to the police.

The third convict, Joseph Juma Odhiambo alias Yusuf was arrested on 21st November 2019 at Bulla Hawa in Somalia while attempting to enlist with the Al-Shabaab.

Following the Kamiti ‘Prison Break’, President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday sacked Kenya Prisons Service Commissioner-General Wycliffe Ogallo and appointed Brigadier (Rtd) John Kibaso Warioba to replace him.

He also directed the State Department of Correctional Services to sanction disciplinary action against all Kenya Prisons Service personnel who were on duty when the security breaches occurred.

The sanctions include the redeployment and/or immediate suspension of all affected officers.

So far, seven wardens at the Kamiti Maximum Prison are in police custody following their escape.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi said preliminary investigations indicate the escape was abetted by laxity and incompetence.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his ICT counterpart, Joe Mucheru, Commissioner General of Prisons Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba and Regional security team are expected to visit the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison Thursday afternoon.

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