Key suspect in detective Mayaka’s killing arrested

A man suspected to have been involved in the killing of a DCI officer in Kayole has been arrested.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has reported the arrest of a key suspect in the cold-blooded murder of one of its investigators, David Mayaka.

Detectives have also identified the two other suspects: Henry Njihia, who allegedly fired the shots that took Detective Mayaka’s life, and John Kamau, alias Faruk, who was armed with a Glock pistol.

According to DCI, the duo is now on their radar, and it’s only a matter of time before their fates are sealed.

Detective Mayaka, who was based at DCI Makadara, was driving home in the company of his wife, Kemunto Mayaka, on August 8 at around 10 p.m. when they were attacked by a three-man gang riding on a motorbike.

The officer had stopped his vehicle to change a flat tire when the thugs struck. The incident was captured by CCTV cameras mounted on an adjacent building.

According to the DCI statement on Wednesday, the suspect, Alex Wanjiru, was driven out of his hiding place in Ruthingiti, Kiambu County, in a covert operation carried out by detectives from the prestigious Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau headquartered at the DCI Nairobi regional command.

The 23-year-old man who is suspected to be a member of a criminal group responsible for the sleuth’s murder, is said to have fled from Kayole and took sanctuary in his grandmother’s house in Ruthingiti, Kikuyu sub-county, where he hid until his capture.

The cops had earlier seized the red Boxer motorcycle with the registration number KMGJ 350V that the suspects allegedly used that tragic night.

The DCI said the bike was nabbed following forensic investigations that connected the suspect and his accomplices to the scene of the crime at the time of the murder.

The pistol that killed Mayaka, a C2, was connected to five other robbery crimes in the city.