Police identify 72-year-old man who terrorised Vihiga

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Security officers in Vihiga County have identified a 72-year-old gang leader recently lynched by a mob following a robbery with violence.

County Commissioner Ochillo Oyugi said James Ing’ombe was the leader of a gang that has been terrorising residents.

Mr Ing’ombe was lynched on February 28 and his house torched.

Mr Oyugi said he also served as gang’s traditional leader and cleanser.

Police had been looking for the gang leader in connection to a murder in Emuhaya last October.

“He was involved in a spate of crimes and cleansed his gang after committing robberies and murders,” Mr Oyugi told the press at his Mbale office, flanked by County Commander Hassan Barua, County Criminal Investigations Officer Joshua Cheptoo and County Intelligence Coordinator John Maina.

“He was being sought by police in Emuhaya. His matter had been recorded at the Divisional Crime Unit under criminal number 944/10/2020.”

Mr Oyugi said security agencies in the county reached out to their counterparts in the neighbouring Kakamega County in a bid to reduce the gang’s operational base.