The police have lauded a security officer attached to Kiambu Level 5 Referral Hospital for being observant and vigilant while on duty.
His prompt action last night led to the discovery of two firearms that were thrown at the entrance to the busy hospital.
According to Kiambu County Criminal Intelligence Officer (CCIO) Mr. Samson Kiptum, two people arrived outside the gate on a motorbike and one alighted carrying a bag which he placed at the gate to the hospital.
But before the culprit left the scene, the security officer who was talking on the phone attempted to stop him and as he interrogated him on why he threw the bag, but he jumped onto the motorbike and disappeared towards the Kiambu hospital Mortuary direction without responding.
While talking to KNA early today from his office, Kiptum said the security officer called Kiambu police station who arrived at the scene and recovered two firearms, make scorpion with some rounds of ammunition.
He said the firearms were believed to have been snatched from police officers guarding Prime Bank in Embakasi County of Nairobi.
Kiptum said after the guns were snatched from the police officers, the robbers used them to rob the bank.
Speaking to KNA in the morning, the night guard who was identified as Phillip Wafula said he got concerned when he approached the person who dropped the luggage that contained the firearms when he moved closer with a view to guiding him on the hospital’s operations.
He said his efforts to communicate with the culprit failed and the duo sped off towards the Kiambu hospital mortuary. He then called his colleagues among them a manager who had brought a security dog for the night and after they saw the contents, they called the police to the scene.
Police are investigating the issue, and Kiptum said they have handed it over to officers in Nairobi county where the initial crime had been committed.
He however lauded the security officer saying he was an innocent man, otherwise, he could have taken the firearms and they could have landed in the wrong hands.
By Lydia Shiloya