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Detectives Are Looking For Three Suspects Of Embakasi Tragedy


The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues to investigate the case of a dangerous gas explosion that occurred in Embakasi Street, Nairobi on February 1, 2024, killing three people on the spot and leaving many others with various injuries.

In a report on Tuesday morning, February 6, detectives revealed that so far, four people have been arrested and taken into custody in connection with the tragic incident. A businessman who is believed to be the owner of the illegal gas filling area, Derrick Kimathi is among those who have been arrested. Three NEMA officials are also in custody.

“DCI continues to offer its condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, and wishes a speedy recovery to those who are recovering in various health facilities,” DCI said in a statement Tuesday morning.

The statement further read, “Meanwhile, to ensure that justice is done, the DCI teams investigating the incident have so far arrested the main suspect, Derrick Kimathi, along with three NEMA officers who were found guilty.”

NEMA officials who are under police custody include the director of environmental compliance David Ongare, head of environmental impact assessment Joseph Makau and another official identified as Mirrian Kioko.

The DCI department is continuing the search for five other suspects linked to the incident in early February who are reported to be in hiding. They include; Stephen Kilonzo (site manager), Ann Kabiri Mirungi of NEMA, Lynette Cheruyoit (Senior Environmental Officer of NEMA), truck driver Robert Gitau and Abraham Mwangi (driver).

“If you have any information about the whereabouts of any suspect, please #FichuakwaDCI by calling our toll free number 0800722203 or report to any police station,” the DCI said.

So far, six victims of the fatal gas explosion have died while another three hundred people have been reported injured in different degrees of fire.

Some of the victims were treated and allowed to go home while others are still admitted in various hospitals in a different condition.

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