Police arrest girl suspected to be part of criminal gang in Likoni


Mombasa, KENYA: Police in Likoni are holding a 14 year-old-girl suspected to be a member of  the dreaded  Watalia gang .

The suspect name whose name has been withheld was arrested  in the  Vyemani neighborhood  of  Likoni by special team of police officers formed to track down criminal gang.

Likoni police boss Willy Simba confirmed to Baraka FM on Tuesday  saying that they suspected she was a member of the gang because she some marks on her body that show allegiance to the group.

A temporary tatoo put by members of the Watalia Gang PHOTO :Weldon Kemboi
A temporary tatoo put by members of the Watalia Gang
PHOTO :Weldon Kemboi

“We are holding the suspect,but it is shocking to find a school girl who has been recruited to join the gang, she had drawings in her hands pledging allegiance to the outlawed gang,” said  the police boss.

The arrest comes barely a week after  13 other members of the Watalia criminal gang were arrested  in the area.

Security agencies in Likoni have been grappling with  criminal gangs who have wrecked havoc in the area by attacking residents with crude weapons.

The police boss said his team is doing all it takes to fight the gangs before the August  general elections.

Meanwhile, two people are nursing deep cuts in their bodies after they were slashed Sunday night by another gang dubbed Wajuku wa bibi in Barabara mchanga area, Ujamaa in Likoni.

Police say they have identified a man identified as Chege who happens to be an aspiring MCA as the man behind the criminal gang and have summoned him for questioning.