Police: We’ll pay Sh60m reward for those who aided arrest of terror escapees

Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.
Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.

The National Police Service (NPS) confirmed last week that it will reward Kitui residents who helped retake three Kamiti Maximum Prison escapees.

In a statement on Sunday, NPS spokesman Bruno Shiosho said the government will subject potential recipients of the award to a thorough scrutiny to ensure the right people receive the promised Ksh.

“The re-arrest of the suspects was made possible with the support of the public. Indeed, the statements of many individuals claiming to have played a separate role in the arrest were widely covered in the media.

“The government plans to honor its commitment in the cash reward offer. However, this will be subject to a necessary verification process to ensure the prize goes to deserving recipients.”

NPS further states that it will not disclose information about the final recipients of the money due to the "security nature of the incident and the risk of loss."

Reports indicated that Musharraf Abdalla, Mohamed Ali Abikar and Joseph Juma Odhiambo were arrested on 16 November in a bush in Kitui County following a tip-off from the public.

Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.
Terrorists who escaped Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, November 16, nabbed in Kitui.

On Friday, the Secretary of the Interior Minister paid the government's Ksh 60 million. He raised his eyebrows when he said he wasn't sure whether to give an award or not.

Addressing the media in Kamiti prison, where the three criminals were extradited after being recaptured, Matiang quoted Citizen TV journalist Hassan Mugambi for Ksh 60 million.

The CS was asked: "Will they get rewards for Kenyans who submit the information?"

In response, Interior CS: "No...no...no, we're not going there right now. Let's not be speculative about it. We'll work on it meticulously, as my colleagues said."

The three fugitives will face new charges, along with nine officers suspected of helping to break out of jail.

Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso addressing the press.
Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso addressing the press.

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