May 28th 2017

Society / Governance

Truck drivers may be colluding with highway robbers, police warn

The truck was later found dumped near Gilgil town along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway with half of the cargo offloaded, according to police sources.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 30 May 2016 08:39 EAT

(Photo by Allan Muturi/Kenya Free Press)

Police in Naivasha on Wednesday arrested a truck driver on suspicion of staging a robbery.

The driver was suspected of selling wheat worth millions of shillings while in transit  the along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu highway.

The driver had reported robbery, whereby his truck was allegedly blocked by a private car. After he stopped, the car’s occupants robbed him and drove away in his truck that had 28 tonnes of wheat, leaving him stranded by the road.

The truck was later found dumped near Gilgil town along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway with half of the cargo offloaded, according to police sources.

Police sources however said the driver had given inconsistent accounts of the robbery and suspect that he could have participated in the incident.

The officer in charge of the Flying Squad Unit in Naivasha, Singi Nzioka, confirmed the arrest of the driver adding that his story was not adding up.

Singi pointed an accusing finger to some drivers noting that they were either selling goods in transit or collaborating with the thugs.

“We have come to establish that some of the drivers are colluding with the highway robbers and later claiming that they were attacked,” he said.

On the wheat robbery, Singi said that they were following some leads to establish where the driver sold the loot.

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