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Standard Group issues statement on arrest, detention of Chief of Staff

A police report indicates that Laban Cliff Onserio was found with an explosive

Standard Group PLC Chief of Staff Laban-Cliff Onserio during the company's 104th AGM in July 2022

Standard Media Group has issued a statement following the arrest and detainment of journalist Laban Cliff Onserio.

The media house has stated that they will await the outcome of the investigation and will stand by the due process of the law.

“The Standard Group PLC has received information about the arrest of Mr Laban Cliff Onserio, the Company’s Chief of Staff and Anchor. According to court documents filed in court, Mr Onserio was arrested in Nairobi CBD on Sunday, 18th December 2022, by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, following an incident,” read part of the statement.


"The police have sought to hold Mr Onserio in their custody pending further investigations. The Company awaits the outcome of the investigation and will stand by the due process of the law.

“The Company remains committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all its stakeholders in all its premises. The Company awaits the outcome of the investigations and will abide by the due process of the law," the statement by Standard Group continues to read.


Laban Cliff who is the Chief of Staff and Anchor with Standard Group was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, after being found in possession of an explosive.

According to documents presented at the Kahawa Law Court on Monday 19, 2022, Onserio was found with a grenade at the Holy Family Basilica parking lot.

"The respondent is a journalist and owner of motor vehicle registration number KDE was arrested yesterday at the Holy family basilica basement following an incident and was in possession of a flash-bang training system model 7290T," read court papers.

The police affidavit claims that Onserio was found with the explosive in his car and was allegedly threatening members of the public.


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