The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has issued a statement revealing the identity of the man suspected of being behind the brazen daytime shooting of Samuel Mugo Mugota.
In According to a wanted poster circulated on social media on Friday, investigators say Denis Karani Gachoki is the prime suspect behind the crime.
“The armed and dangerous man is suspected of being in possession of a firearm snatched from a stunned police officer after a round of alcohol at a popular Mombasa haunt in November 2020,” DCI said in a statement.
Investigators also alluded to his involvement with renegade police officers who aided him to evade capture.
“Efforts by detectives to arrest him have been in vain as the gangster, who is well charged, influences renegade cops who tip him off , once an operation has been launched to arrest him.”
Police believe a dispute between Mr Gachoki and his reported boss, Mr Mugota, was the motive behind his gangland-style execution in the city. They claim that hours after the murder, police traced Mr Gachoki’s phone to the burned forest in Uasin Gishu County, and believe he may have crossed the border into a neighboring country.
Mr Mugota became gunned down on Monday afternoon in Roysambu area, Nairobi.
In the days that followed, it emerged that he was behind the criminal trend of drugging revelers in clubs with the help of women he had hired and to steal. DCI spies have also defined him as a rogue millionaire whose wealth was amassed by exchanging ATMs and SIM cards stolen from his victims.
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According to the DCI, Mugota’s criminal life began in 2011 when he stole ATM cards from various banks by loitering near ATMs and offering to help customers who were having trouble mostly in the evening. He worked with unscrupulous bank employees who blocked the machines as soon as a customer inserted their ATM card, then Mugota approached the customer and offered his help. Detectives said he had a liking for Co-Operative Bank ATMs.
“He inserted the customer card, then pretended to be facing away and asked the customer to enter their password and confirm the balance before withdrawing. However, since the machines eject the ATM card first, he would get his hands on the card while the unsuspecting customer waited for the cash,” the DCI told Drug Queens’
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Additional report by Mary Wambui