A police officer is among four men who were arrested for illegal possession of firearms in the Kilimani area, Nairobi.
Police said they recovered two pistols, two police handcuffs, one Ceska magazine loaded with seven rounds of 9mm ammunition, one police pocket phone, and several identification cards from a car three of the men were using.
The police officer based in Mombasa, who is believed to have given the handcuffs to the suspects was arrested.
Nairobi police boss Augustine Nthumbi said a team of detectives flagged down a four-wheel-drive car along Argwings Kodhek and Ring Road junction leading to the discovery.
The detectives who were on routine patrol became suspicious after coming across a black land cruiser V8 motor vehicle with no front number plate, prompting them to immediately flag it down.
Upon a thorough search of the vehicle, detectives managed to recover one Ceska pistol with its serial number erased, one Revolver pistol, and an unidentified frontal plate number.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver found with the motor vehicle was not the actual owner and belonged to one of his friends identified as Jeff Maina.
The driver spoke to the owner informing him that he had been arrested and had been taken to Kilimani police station.
This prompted the owner to drive into the station shortly afterwards, after which he was arrested and a quick search conducted inside the vehicle he had arrived in, a Mercedes Benz.
Police said they managed to recover two police handcuffs, one Ceska magazine loaded with seven rounds of 9mm ammunition, one police pocket phone, and several identification cards.
Nthumbi said the recovered firearms were handed over to ballistics experts for examination.
“We don’t know if the weapons have been used to commit a crime but we are investigating the matter,” he said.
He added they are investigating the men’s past to establish if they have been involved in crime. The suspects were expected in court to face various charges.
Incidents of misuse of firearms by both security agencies and licensed civilians have been an issue of concern amid calls to control the same.