DCI issues statement after arresting armed garbage collector in viral photo

He was arrested on Friday after his photo went viral

Photo of the suspect rummaging through trash with what appears to be a gun protruding in his waist

The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has issued a statement after arresting an armed garbage collector whose photo went viral on Friday, sparking fear and outrage with the public calling for his arrest.

Photos circulated in the media showed the man in gumboots rummaging through trash garbage in a trash bin with a pistol protruding from the waist of his trousers.

Following the reports, security agencies moved in swiftly and arrested the man who is currently in police custody.

The DCI took to Twitter announcing the arrest and thanked Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) for raising the issue and for additional information that was provided leading to his arrest.

DCI wrote: "A man who was photographed armed & the matter brought to our attention has been arrested & will be charged accordingly. We thank #KOT for bringing this matter to our attention & for additional information that we received through DMS. Let’s work together to keep our country safe.”

Reports indicate that the “garbage man with a gun” has been identified as one Alex Maina,.

He was arrested alongside a colleague identified as James Kirucha.

Reports indicate that the two are garbage collectors at Mukuru in areas of Pipeline estate in Nairobi.

DCI intimated that the two suspects were lucky to be arrested since they would most likely have been on the receiving end of worst experiences of being lynched by the public.

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