The National Police Service (NPS) has confirmed that it will reward the Kitui residents who aided in the recapture of three Kamiti Maximum Prison escapees last week.
In a Sunday statement, NPS spokesperson Bruno Shiosho said the government will subject potential recipients of the bounty to thorough scrutiny to make sure the right people get the Ksh.20 million promised for the arrest of each of the three.
“The re-arrest of the suspects was made possible with the support from members of the public. Indeed, the accounts of several people who separately claim to have played a role in the capture have been reported extensively in the media,” reads the statement.
“The Government intends to honor its pledge on the cash reward offer. This will, however, be subject to a due verification process to ensure the reward goes to deserving recipients.”
The NPS further states that it will, however, not disclose information on the final recipients of the money due to “the security nature of the incident and the risk of harm” sharing their information might pose.
The trio, Musharraf Abdalla, Joseph Juma, and Mohammed Abdi, were reportedly trying to flee to the neighboring country of Somalia when they were nabbed by police officers and locals of the Endau area of Mwingi County.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offered a cash reward of Ksh60 million for information leading to the arrest of the three escapees.
“A reward of Ksh60 million will be offered to anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the following three terror suspects, who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison today at 1am,” the police stated on Monday, November 15.
The three escapees are set to face fresh charges alongside nine officers suspected to have aided the jailbreak.