ATPU exonerates five NTSA officials detained over Dusit Hotel terror attack


The Antiterrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has exonerated five National Transport and Safety Authority employees detained over the terrorist attack at Dusit Hotel, Nairobi.

Jacqueline Githinji, Cosmas Ngeso, Nderitu Irving, Stephen Kariuki Mbaka and Charles Wangocho Ndungu were released from custody but directed to report at the ATPU headquarter once a week starting next week.

Their lawyer Dunstan Omari did not object their weekly reporting.

However one of the suspects, Anthony Mjaka Kadu is still being being detained.

While withdrawing the miscellaneous application, the state, through prosecutor Duncan Ondimu told Senior Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe that the five respondents had not direct link to the two vehicles in question.

The employees lawyer Dunstan Omari addressing journalists outside Milimani law courts after release of his clients.

However the court was informed that the five were being investigated over different matter not related to the Dusit attack which occurred on 15th and 16th January.

The court had ordered the six to be detained for 30 days pending completion of investigations.

They were held over suspicion that they were linked to the issuance of duplicate motor vehicle number plates.

The police have established that the Toyota Ractis used by the four gunmen to gt to the said hotel has a similar registration as another vehicle found in Kitengela, Kajiado County.

In the application seeking to detain the six, ATPU informed the court that they needed time to visit NTa offices to investigate the procurement process and recover all documents related to the production of the duplicate number plates.