Police in Mogotio, Baringo County, on Friday arrested thirteen people suspected to be among criminals who have been terrorising residents in Kapedo.
A report filed at Mogotio Police Station says that around 6:30 pm, officers manning a roadblock along the Marigat-Mogotio Road intercepted a lorry that looked suspicious.
Upon searching the vehicle of Reg. No. KBY 740K, Mitsubishi, the cops discovered the driver, identified as one Lobeles Kipkorir, was ferrying 100 goats.
But what was even more suspicious was when they took a closer look at the goats, the officers discovered that some people were hiding inside the animals.
Upon interrogation, the 13 youth did not give a satisfactory account of themselves, with police suspecting that they might be running away from the ongoing security operation in Tiaty.
Worse still, the driver of the lorry did not have a permit to ferry the livestock.
“We suspected that the (sic) youths were running away from the ongoing operation within Tiaty. They were all arrested and are being interrogated by DCIO Mogotio. The vehicle and the 100 goats are detained at the police station pending further investigation,” reads the police report seen by TV47 Digital.
Currently, a multi-agency team consisting of General Service Unit (GSU), Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and other security agencies are conducting a major security operation in Kapedo, to flush out bandits.
Seven suspected bandits have been arrested this week in the area, with Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya saying that ongoing operation has neutralised the bandits.