Why police have not arrested navy soldier caught on CCTV robbing petrol station at gunpoint

Navy soldier heads gang that has been robbing petrol stations and M-Pesa shops

Kenya Navy soldier caught on CCTV robbing petrol station attendant at gunpoint in Mombasa

Police are yet to arrest a soldier who has been linked to a series of robberies at petrol stations and M-Pesa shops in Mombasa.

The soldier at the rank of corporal attached to the Mtongwe Navy base,was caught on CCTV during a recent heist where he robbed a petrol station attendant at gunpoint.

According to a report filed at Inuka Police Station, the soldier made away with Sh4,000 during the violent incident.

DCI officers who sought to arrest the soldier were over the weekend snubbed by naval base commanders for hours and later turned away in what seems to have been a reluctance to produce the suspect.

At first, the six DCI detectives were told that the suspect was clearing with the base before he could be released but after waiting all day they were told that he had already been handed over to Likoni Police Station.

The soldier, who is yet to be named, is also accused of being the ringleader of a gang of thieves who have been conducting the robberies within Mombasa.

Police at loggerheads with Navy

Police and the military wing in the area are said to be in a 'cold war' after a soldier was allegedly lynched by police officers a few weeks prior. The law enforcement officers blamed the soldier's death on terrorists.

In a separate incident at the beginning of the year, a police officer committed suicide after he discovered that his girlfriend was having an affair with a soldier at the navy base.

Likoni police boss Benjamin Rotich, however, assured members of the public that the suspect will be brought to book within no time.

"The suspect is from Mtongwe naval base. I can't give you names and as I told you earlier, when the military officials finish their investigations they will hand the suspect to us," he stated.

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