Police officers in Nairobi have arrested a British national after his drone was allegedly found straying in Deputy President William Ruto’s Karen residence in Nairobi county.
The 37-year-old Jeremy Hind is alleged to have his drone hovering around Ruto’s home on Monday evening.
Nairobi Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi confirmed the incident, saying that Mrs Rachael Ruto alerted the police.
“The incident happened on Monday evening at about 3 pm. It strayed into the compound in Hardy. She called the police and responded very fast and confiscated the drone.,” Nthumbi told the media.
A joint team of the Anti-Terror Police (ATPU), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and National Intelligence Service (NIS) responded and confiscated the drone, with investigations ongoing.
Upon questioning, Jeremy admitted that it was brought by some visitors who wanted to take pictures of his home.
“He says the gadget was brought to his house by visitors who wanted to take pictures of his new home there as a present to him. Nothing more so far,” Ntumbi added.
Jeremy says that he has been residing at the place for more than three years, and he is aware that DP Ruto was his neighbour.
Nthumbi further said the owners of the drone did not know it was wrong to fly on private property.
His decision to address the incident publicly, he says, was after concerns from some quarters that the case was not accorded enough attention.
He, therefore, dismissed concerns that DP Ruto is not safe saying, “there is no cause for panic at all. All is well.”