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Self-styled ‘president’ of Maragua gang to spend Christmas holiday in cells

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By Wanja Waweru

After being taken into custody on Friday, the criminal gang’s self-described “president” in Maragua, who has been terrorizing locals, will spend Christmas holidays in jail.

The renowned criminal known as John Ngugi Maina is in police custody, according to Deputy County Commissioner Gitonga Murungi.

The suspect was detained during a police crackdown, according to Mr. Gitonga, and will be brought before the court after the holidays.

The administrator described the suspect as “a prominently profiled criminal who has been in and out of jail several times with assault cases, causing grievous bodily harm, dealing in illicit brews, Livestock theft and recently robbery with violence”.

He continued by saying that police had been keeping an eye on his whereabouts and had been able to follow him to his drinking den in a thicket near Maica Ma Thi hamlet, where he was discovered inebriated.

When police ambushed them, Mr. Murungi claimed that his “bodyguards” turned on him and fled, leaving their master defenseless and easy to capture.

Last week how Maina’s gang was carrying out crimes in Maragua town and its surroundings with impunity.

Armed with knives and machetes, his gang was using violence to raise money to help their friends.

According to reports, the terror group takes pride in having a president, interior, defense, finance, and commando sections.

John Nyambura, 19, who is the internal commander of the group and goes by the moniker “Kindiki,” is one of their accused members who is currently imprisoned.

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He was detained two weeks earlier on suspicion of having an unauthorized beverage.

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