Police on Monday dispersed crowds with tear gas as Nandi Governor Stephen Sang reported to Kapsabet Police Station to record a statement.

The crowds camped outside the station agitating for the release of their governor prompting DCI detectives to bundle him up in a car and drive off.

He was later taken to the Kisumu Central Police station where his county executives followed him and waited outside as the governor was booked.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang arrested over uprooting tea bushes at Kibwari Tea Estate

Moments before his arrest, Governor Sang spoke with reporters at his county offices relaying that he was not aware that he was being pursued by the police.

Kibwari Tea Estate row gets Nandi Governor arrested

The governor was arrested over his participation in uprooting tea bushes at the Kibwari Tea Plantation on June 6, 2019.

According to the Governor, the National Lands Commission (NLC) gave him a go-ahead to act on the tea plantation on grounds that it was grabbed.

He insisted that the land is public property and was designated for a cattle dip.

"If they want me to record a statement, let them know that I am ready and I was just following the law.

"I cannot build a cattle dip on tea plantations. They have to be removed," he told reporters.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang arrested over uprooting tea bushes at Kibwari Tea Estate

The governor and his supporters allegedly destroyed one acre of mature tea.