Police in Kilifi have arrested a man who is believed to be behind the killing of a boda boda rider on Monday night.
The rider was killed a few metres from Kilifi County Governor Kingi’s official residence along the Kilifi old ferry road and his motorbike stolen.
The rider, Gift Shoka Kaingu is suspected to have killed by a passenger who boarded his motorcycle at Kibaoni stage.
According to his colleagues, Mr Kaingu left with the passenger at around 11pm and did not return.
His body was later discovered on Tuesday morning by fishermen around 6am.
Confirming the incident Kilifi OCPD Njoroge Ngigi said police have launched investigations and the suspect will assist them.
“The rider had several cuts from a sharp object. We currently have very scanty information but we are liaising with the company which installed a tracking device on the motorcycle and we hope to make arrests soon,” said Njoroge.
“The police with the help of members of the public arrested who we believe will assist with the investigation,” said Njoroge.
Kilifi boda boda chairman Nixon Kingi said he would convene an urgent meeting with the operators to discuss on the rampant incidences where many are being killed at night.
“We are always telling them not to work at night but most of the boda boda operators have always negated and they claim that there is good business with good money at night,” said Kingi.
Khamis Juma, a village elder said security in the area has deteriorated and called on the county government to extend security lights from the governor’s residence up to the old ferry landing site.
“I was notified by fishermen that there is a body lying by the roadside and I came to confirm and later notified the area chief. We have witnessed several incidences of insecurity in this area because it is very dark during the night and street lights will address this matter,” said Juma.
Residents called on security officers to strategise on better ways to deal with criminals.