Police have arrested an 18-year-old man as the ‘prime suspect’ in the murder of a boda boda rider in Isiolo town.
Douglas Karondo Murithi, who is a boda boda operator, was apprehended in Tigania West, Meru County.
He is accused of mobilising those who killed Abduba Osman, for allegedly stealing motorcycle spare parts.
Police reports indicate that Mr Osman, who hailed from Burat ward, was accosted by a group of men in Isiolo town and transported in a tuk tuk to Kandebene along the Isiolo-Meru border where he was roughed up and set on fire.
Isiolo County Police Commander Joseph Kigen said that the suspect, who went into hiding after the incident, had claimed ownership of the stolen motorcycle and is believed to have been the lead planner of the killing.
The killing caused tension in the cosmopolitan Isiolo town for days, forcing traders to close their shops for fear of looting and violence.
Two other suspects, who are also boda boda operators, were arrested on Monday during a security meeting at the Isiolo town police grounds that brought together hundreds of riders.
The duo, both aged 28, were identified by other riders amid the meeting that sought to find a lasting solution to their differences.
MCAs Idd Hassan (Bulapesa), Yarrow Hassan (Burat), Abdi Duba (Wabera) and Nominated MCA Sumeya Bishar were present.
Mr Karondo’s arrest brings to eight the number of suspects arrested since the incident took place, among them the owner and rider of the tuk tuk used to ferry Mr Osman to the scene of the crime.
Also in custody is the owner of the garage where the stolen spare parts were found.
The police commander said the suspects will be arraigned at the High Court in Meru.