Embakasi Gas Plant Owner hands himself to Police… The individual who owns the illicit Embakasi gas plant, which exploded last Thursday, surrendered to the police on Monday evening. Earlier reports indicated that the owner had evaded authorities and neglected to appear for questioning.
Nevertheless, accompanied by his legal counsel, the Embakasi Gas Plant Owner presented himself at the Embakasi Police Station, amidst the public’s demand for explanations regarding why the plant operated without a license initially.
On Saturday, the owner, represented by his lawyer, denied responsibility for the incident, asserting that contrary to widespread reports, the establishment was not a gas plant but rather a garage.
Nairobi Police Boss, Adamson Bungei stated that the gas plant owner was questioned on Monday evening with the authorities set to brief the country more on the matter at a later time.
“He is still talking to the team handling the matter. We will know more,” Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei confirmed.
What Embakasi Gas Plant Owner said?
According to previous reports, the owner had stated that he was not aware of any gas refilling activities in the area noting that the license to run the plant had earlier been denied by the Energy and Petroleum Regulation Authority (EPRA).
Embakasi Gas Plant Owner had also claimed that the motor vehicle which had caused the explosion trespassed on his land without his knowledge. Speaking through his lawyer he had stated, “He is actively pursuing the details of that vehicle so that it can be exposed to the police.”
However, it is yet to be determined the involvement of the owner in the case that has since caused the deaths of six people.
Further, as a result of the explosion, there have been multiple National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) officials who have been suspended regarding the issuance of licenses for the license to operate. In another directive, President William Ruto also directed the arrest of all those involved in granting licenses for the plant to operate in a residential area.