Keagan Githua: Prime Suspect Leads DCI To Murder Weapon, Bodaboda Rider
The arrest of the duo comes after detectives completed investigations into the macabre killing of the 24-year-old...
The prime suspect behind the brutal killing of Keagan Githua, has been arrested by detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who also recovered the weapon used to commit the murder.
In their statement on Saturday, November 19, the suspect, Feelings Devone Mboya Odero, was arrested on Friday evening, November 18 at the busy Githurai matatu termini.
It was here where he operated as a 'kamagira', among touts who are stationed at a particular stage to help the main conductor fill the vehicle. In his capacity, he was preying on unsuspecting members of the public.
Immediately after his arrest, the suspect led detectives to the spot where he had hidden the killer knife used in the murder of the 24-year-old Strathmore University graduate, who was stabbed on the chest by robbers on a motorbike after they took away his mobile phone.
An image of Strathmore University. /FILE
"Upon further grilling last night, Odero also led detectives to Dennis Mburu Kimani, the motorbike rider who ferried him to Ridgeways on the morning of the attack," the DCI stated in part.
Kimani, was arrested in Ngomongo area of Githurai and his motorbike impounded, following a brief chase as he tried to evade the detectives’ dragnet.
The arrest of the duo comes after detectives completed investigations into the macabre killing of the 24-year-old on Sunday October 30, leading to a public outcry on the rising cases of attacks targeting innocent victims in the city.
The arrest of Odero and Kimani, followed the arrest of their four other accomplices earlier in the week, in a case conclusively investigated by detectives based at DCI Starehe.
The investigative agency also mounted an operation to arrest more members of the gang in Githurai and other parts of the city, as detectives moved with speed to deal with the gangs that have been terrorizing city residents.
"The Directorate of Criminal Investigations hopes that the arrest of all the suspects linked to the this brutal killing brings some semblance of justice to the family of Keagan Githua and gives the general public the reassurance that DCI will leave no stone unturned in the investigation of all crimes committed by these senseless criminals.
"Equally, we thank members of the public who have volunteered information that has been crucial in the investigation of this case and urge for continued collaboration since our safety and security is a collective responsibility," the detectives praised.
Keagan's mother, Lucy Githua, said that her only son was stabbed in the chest as he resisted the robbers. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital along the busy road by a good Samaritan.
Since the macabre killing, the government responded by reorganising the Nairobi Police administration and officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) and the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) deployed to Nairobi by order of President William Ruto.
GSU officers on patrol in Nairobi CBD. /DAILY NATION