Kenya: The main suspect in the murder of Ida Odinga’s bodyguard has been apprehended.
Collins Oulo Okundi, the assailant who murdered Ida Odinga’s bodyguard, has been apprehended.
During the four-day manhunt, he was apprehended in Eldoret on Sunday, and a firearm believed to be that of the deceased officer was recovered.
“Yes, he has been arrested but he is still in Eldoret,” Nyanza regional police boss Karanja Muiruri said.
Okundi, a manager at Kisumu’s Signature club, is being investigated by DCI detectives based in Eldoret West.
He is suspected of being the person responsible for the fatal shooting of Barack Onyango Oduor, Mama Ida’s official bodyguard, on Thursday.
According to The Star, there are plans to transport the suspect to Kisumu, where the crime was committed. The DCI, Kisumu Central, is looking into the case.
Kisumu county police commander Alphonse Kimanthi told the Star that the suspect is expected to be arraigned on Monday, but he did not elaborate.
Okundi is accused of confronting the slain officer, who was with a lady and another male friend.
During the 3.30 a.m. incident at Victoria estate in Kisumu’s Uzima area, the suspect is accused of shooting Oduor twice in the head, killing him on the spot.
He also allegedly shot Oduor’s friend, Donar Kajwang, in the leg.
Kajwang is recovering at Kisumu’s Agha Khan Hospital, where he was admitted following the shooting.
Marilyn Marion Ouma, a member of the duo, reported the incident to the police at Obunga police station.
She told the cops that they left Dondez Bar and Restaurant on Kisumu-Kakamega Road around 3 a.m. after partying all night.
When the suspect arrived at her house, there was a scuffle.
According to a police report issued after the incident, the suspect disarmed Oduor before fatally shooting him. He also shot Kajwang before fleeing with the officer’s gun.
It is unclear what motivated the killing, with speculation rife that the dispute was over the lady.
Okundi had been on the run since Thursday morning, when he was apprehended by police who had been following him.
Okundi was discovered with a Jericho pistol bearing a Kenya police serial number, believed to be the firearm stolen from the deceased, according to an inventory prepared by the DCI Eldoret West under whose jurisdiction the arrest was made.
A magazine and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition were also recovered from him.
The Star also reported that the woman whose home the incident occurred had been questioned by the detectives investigating the case.
She was interrogated for several hours on Friday by sleuths investigating the case at the Kisumu Central police station in order to learn what happened the morning of the murder.
Several theories have emerged, claiming that Oduor was caught in the crossfire between the suspect and his friend, who was allegedly dating the woman.
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