Drama ensued inside the SGR train as after police officer withdrew his gun, firing live bullet and threatening to shoot the SGR train divers if they did not stop the train.
Reports indicate that police officer Bernard Ng’ang’a and his colleague Cina Okul boarded the train on escort duties at Nairobi.
A few kilomtres into the journe at Athi-River, Ng’ang’a started consuming an alcoholic drink from a plastic bottle he had carried with him into the Mombasa-bound train.
Emali police boss Gerrishon Murithirecounted that “On reaching Athi River station, Ng'ang'a started drinking alcohol in a plastic bottle and became unruly”.
The drunk police officer then threatened to shoot the train drivers unless they stopped it and even shot through a window using his G3 riffle to affirm that his threat was not in vain.
Officer dramatically disarmed
The train was eventually stopped after the other police officers escorting the train alerted the train drivers of the unfolding drama.
The security scare was brought to an end with a swift intervention from police officers attached to the Emali police station who moved in swiftly and disarmed the unruly officer.
A statement from the police read in part that “Sergeant Sammy Korir and Paul Njeru of Emali Railways police station intervened and disarmed Ng'ang'a”.
No one was hurt during the Friday evening security scare that saw Ng’ang’a relieved of his duties.