Manhunt on for 9 prisoners who escaped from police custody in Bomet

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Police are looking for nine prisoners who escaped from custody in Bomet by cutting metal grills at the back of the cells.

According to the authorities, the nine had been arrested for committing various offenses and were set to be arraigned in court today, October 4, 2021.

Bomet Central sub-county police boss Musa Omar Imamai said the nine escapees – 5 adults and 4 juveniles – managed to squeeze themselves out using the small opening they had created.

Mr. Imamai said one of the escapees has since been re-arrested and is helping police with information likely to lead to the arrest of others.

He added that the matter is under investigation to ascertain how the inmates managed to cut the grills without officers on duty noticing.

In a different account of events last week, 14 prisoners escaped from the Nanyuki GK Maximum Prison.  A manhunt later led to the recapture of 8 with 6 others still missing.

The six who are missing are Mareri Tetkor from Rumuruti, Nangoye Lenawaso and Lereiyo Lekiare from Samburu, all of whom have been convicted for murder. Others were Francis Nduati and Patrick Fundi from Laikipia and James Sike from Turkana were in for robbery with violence.

The escapees had cut through the doors with a hacksaw before scaling the perimeter wall.


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