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Wife of Forest Road assault mastermind helps police in investigations

The mastermind who was traced to Mukuru Kayaba slums fled a police dragnet through a sewer duct.

Forest Road assault mastermind Zacharia Nyaore Obadia

Police have given a boda boda rider suspected to be the mastermind behind the assault of a female motorist along Wangari Maathai road (formerly Forest Road) on March 4, 2022.

Zacharia Nyaore Obadia has been ordered to surrender to the nearest police station after escaping the crackdown that has seen over 900 motorbikes impounded.

According to authorities, Zacharia was positively identified to be in the video by his wife and relatives on Tuesday.

The mastermind of the despicable sexual harassment incident, that has attracted countrywide condemnation has finally been unmasked. This is after undercover agents drawn from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) and DCI Nairobi Regional Headquarters,” read a statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

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Police officers had traced the fugitive to Mukuru Kayaba but he managed to escape the dragnet through a sewer duct.

The suspect has also been positively identified by his wife and other relatives in his rural home, sexually assaulting the victim in the widely shared videotape. It is only a matter of time before we arrest him,” the DCI assured.

According to the police, Zacharia’s accomplices who were within the vicinity of the barbaric attack whether captured on the video clip or not, have all been identified scientifically.

They were also ordered to submit themselves at DCI headquarters before detectives catch up with them.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced an immediate crackdown to curb rogue behaviour in the boda boda sector.

President Kenyatta said the operation beginning in Nairobi County on March 8 is necessary in order to restore sanity back to the sector, which has come to be associated with acts of extreme violence.

The head of state was speaking at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete, where he was the chief guest at this year's International Women’s Day national celebration.

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