Shock as APs storm police station to rescue colleague


Fourteen armed Administration Police officers on Thursday night stormed Mandera Police Station and forcefully rescued a colleague arrested for robbery with violence.

The officers, attached to the Rapid Deployment Unit in Mandera Kapendo Camp, made their way to the station on foot and freed Constable Richard Githaka Karanja.

A report available at the station shows the armed officers arrived at the station at about 8.30 pm and started firing in the air.

“The officers started firing in the air and one officer forcefully demanded the key from the cell’s sentry, one James Maina, while pointing at him a G3 rifle,” reads the report.
The officer manning the report desk handed over the key and they opened the male cell and released Karanja.

Karanja, was to be arraigned on Friday to face charges of robbery with violence.

“There were 12 suspects in custody. The other 11 inmates remained in the cell,” states the report.

After accomplishing their mission, they warned that they will never allow the general duty officers detain their colleague.

The officers fired several rounds in the air and left on foot towards their camp, which is about five kilometres from the police station.

The police report indicated that the incident happened in the full glare of the officer commanding station and several other police officers on duty on Thursday night.

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