It was a sigh of relief for residents of Maica Ma Thi village in Maragua, Murang’a County after the “most wanted” criminal in the area was finally nabbed.
John Ngugi Maina had terrorised the Murang’a residents for years with his “Jeshi ya Gaica” gang but the proverbial 40 days of a thief finally reached for him on Saturday night.
Police had even placed a KSh50,000 bounty on his head, for someone who will provide information leading to his arrest.
On Saturday, the notorious criminal was arrested in the most unprecedented fashion. After imbibing one too many bottles of alcohol, Ngugi went to his home at around 2 am, hoping to spend the night with his dear wife.
Only that he did not sneak into his wife’s bed. In his drunken stupor, upon reaching the gate, Ngugi started singing war songs not knowing that neighbours were alert.
That is how the police were tipped off that the most wanted criminal was around.
Murang’a South Police Boss Anthony Keter said they managed to drag him from under his bed where he had allegedly sneaked to spend the night with his wife.
“Alcoholism is not a good thing but this is one moment that we as a police unit are unreservedly appreciating it,” said Keter.
Apparently, a cornered Ngugi had tried to dislodge some bricks from the wall, in a bid to find an escape route but to no avail.
In a scramble to win the bounty, Keter said that five people made calls at the time, with the first caller receiving the promised KSh50,000, and the other four getting some KSh2,000 of appreciation in helping arrest Maina.
According to Nation, Maina’s gang comprised of about 15 members, with 13 of them already arrested and convicted in various prisons.
Murang’a County Police Commissioner Mohammed Barre said that two of them identified as Abraham Nduba and Peter Njeri, who are co-leaders are still on the lose.
The Maina-led gang is said to deal in chang’aa, marijuana and the illicit brew business within the villages of Maica Ma Thi, Gikindu, Rurii, Gititu and Mborokero.
The suspect will be arraigned on Wednesday, facing capital offence charges.