DCI detectives have arrested two matatu operators for assaulting a police officer on duty in Mikindani, Mombasa County.
The matatu crew identified as Emmanuel Lwanba and Nicholas Ngawa were accused of beating up the officer while he was conducting a routine traffic stop.
The DCI noted that the two confronted the cop in the incident that happen at around 6:30 am.
“Two suspects who assaulted a police officer on traffic duties in Mikindani, Mombasa county have finally been arrested. The officer was busy controlling traffic at around 6:30 am, along the busy Changamwe – Mikindani road, when he was accosted by the two,” DCI said in a statement.
Emmanuel and Nicholas are said to have descended on the police officer with kicks and blows before making away with a mobile phone and KSh 2,000 in his possession.
“The duo, a matatu driver and a conductor descended on the traffic cop with heavy blows and kicks, leaving him with a bruised nose and chest pains
“They also took off with his mobile phone and Sh2,000. A manhunt for the two small operating a matatu KBF 578K, was launched leading to the arrest a few hours later,” the DCI added.
Following the incident, DCI warned members of the public against attacking police officers noting that it is a serious offence.
“Members of the public are cautioned against attacking a police officer on duty since it is a serious offence that may land one in serious conflict with the law,” said the DCI.