police arrest 333x250 - Pilot arrested after daring daylight robbery at airstrip

Police in Moyale have arrested three suspects following a daylight robbery where an unknown amount of money belonging to Equity bank was stolen at the Oddha airstrip.

The three suspects are the aircraft pilot, co-pilot and a security officer from the Wells Fargo Security Company.

While confirming the incident that occurred yesterday at 4.00 pm, the Marsabit County Police Commander, Ambrose Steve Oloo said an aeroplane from Nairobi landed at the Oddha airstrip at 4.00 pm.

In it, were three people aboard namely Alex Kirate, who is the pilot, John Onunga who is a co-pilot and Nelson Lang’at, a security officer from the Wells Fargo Security Company carrying an unknown amount of money from the Equity Bank headquarters Nairobi.

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Oloo said after landing, the pilot opened the door of the aircraft and alighted to go and check the remaining fuel in the aircraft and in the process three strangers emerged one armed with a pistol.

They ordered the three to lie down forcing the pilot to open the door where they took two sacks of cash and sped away in a motorbike which had been parked near the airstrip.

Oloo said no one was injured during the incident and that the aircraft has not been released adding the three officers have been arrested saying the remaining sack of money has been taken by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for further investigations.

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The Police Commander, however, appealed to the members of the public who could have seen or identified the Registration Number of the motorbike to volunteer information which will be treated with a lot of confidentiality.


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