In a most recent change of heart, the police officer who has been on the run after he allegedly robbed Deputy Governor Mureithi at gunpoint has surrendered and turned himself in to the utmost surprise of many.
The officer who was identified as Administration Police Constable Josphat Kipyego reported himself to a police station in Meru on Thursday.
According to the story of how the robbery went down, Josphat was working with the Tharaka Nithi Deputy Governor Eliud Mureithi Mathu as a security detail when the incidence occurred.
From all indications, the errant police officer carried out the act seeing that the deputy governor has just come from selling a piece of land Kathwana and still had the money from the transaction on him with the intention of taking it to the bank the next day.
Josphat took advantage of his proximity with Deputy Governor Mureithi and threatened him with his service pistol before taking all the money he could lay his hands on and taking off, leaving his shoes behind in his haste. This happened on Tuesday, the 11th of October at the deputy governor’s home in Kinoru Estate, Meru County.
According to what Mureithi told the police, Josphat confronted him and a brief struggle ensued between them before Josphat overpowered him and pointed a pistol at him.
However, to the surprise of many, the officer turned himself in this morning and denied stealing the money. To prove he was telling the truth, he equally surrendered his firearm to his superiors. A detective at the station was quoted as saying;
“He surrendered to us at about 6 am. What he has told us is that he just alighted from the vehicle and did not take the bag alleged to have the KSh 3.5 million which the deputy governor says he robbed him at gun point.”
At the moment, it seems to be his word against that of Mureithi who has insisted that Josphat robbed him at gunpoint. Investigations are ongoing to determine what actually happened and who has the cash since Josphat has insistently maintained that he did not take the money.
As the major suspect in the case, the police officer remains in custody to await the outcome of the investigations into the matter.