Police now want a man accused of killing alleged fraudster Samuel Mugoh Mugota to be detained for two weeks to complete the investigation into the murder incident that took place last week in Mirema Kasarani, Nairobi.
Mugoh was shot dead six times in broad daylight by an unknown gunman on Monday last week.
In a motion filed with a Milimani court, the Police asked the court to allow the suspect, Mr Dennis Karani Gachoki, to be detained for a period of 14 days at Kasarani Police Station.
They say the matter is complex and the investigation is ongoing and it likely is that more suspects will be arrested.
Corporal Kapario Lekakeny, the investigating officer, said the state is not ready to charge the suspect with murder since he turned himself in to Kr Police Department (DCI).
“We urge the court to issue an arrest warrant for Mr. Karani for 14 days from May 24 to June 6, 2022 at Kasarani pol Ice Station in Nairobi to allow the investigating officer the full investigation into the case of murder contrary to Section 203 under Section 204 of the Criminal Code,” says Mr. Lekakeny in an affidavit.
He states that the suspect, along with others who did not stand trial, are said to have deliberately planned the execution of Mugoh. Police allege that he was their accomplice in the baffling and fraudulent scheme.
“The suspect, along with the deceased and other untrial persons, are believed to have operated an elaborate baffling syndicate inside the Republic of Kenya. Mugo’s murder has been attributed to a business gone awry.”
The officer says investigators are still analyzing the numerous phone numbers used by Mr Karani to determine if he was linked to the murder and also arrest his accomplices.
He argues that questioning the suspect is likely to lead to the arrest of others involved in the murder, including the shooter, who is still at large.
According to the police, Karani is also accused of stealing a firearm from the police in Kasarani by stunning the officer, and the said weapon has yet to be found.
The officer admits further indicate that the suspect has no fixed address and is believed to reside in various locations including Kiambu, Nakuru and Mombasa.
Mr Lekakeny says investigators need time to identify his residence in order to determine the stolen firearm and other dangerous weapons believed to be in one of the houses.
“Although the suspect turned himself in to police, he was unable to produce his mobile phone. He is believed to have important information who would help the investigators. Therefore, investigations require the time to travel to Nakuru and Mombasa to collect further evidence,” says Mr. Lekakeny.
“Karani has shown himself to be a fugitive because he did not immediately report to the police , even after learning about it. He was wanted by police via DCI’s Facebook wall on May 20, 2022,” the officer adds.