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Sonko to spend five more nights in police cells as he faces terrorism charges

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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko will have to spend five more nights in police cells after his bail application ruling was pushed to next week.

The ruling, which was supposed to be released today, has been pushed to Tuesday, February 9, after the magistrate needed more time to compile the ruling.

Sonko was on Tuesday charged with seven counts of robbery with violence and five counts of assault, charges that he denied.

On Wednesday, Sonko was dramatically whisked away to Kamiti Maximum GK Prison after the government prepared terror charges against him.

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He was later taken back to Gigiri Police Station where he was previously held. Reports say that the polcie are seeking to detain the embattled politician for 30 days, to enable them investigate allegations of terrorist activities.

According to a an affidavit filed by Chief Inspector Newton Thimangu of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, Sonko is accused of recruiting a militia group to disrupt the peace and stability of the nation, leading to anarchy which can lead to civil disobedience of law and order.

The suspect who was in the company of an unknown person had worn militia attire and together with the suspect they were both spotted in public in the full glare of the media and in front of a huge mass of people in a public rally,” reads part of the affidavit.

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