Police intensify hunt for suspected killer officer
Roy Lumbe and Wycliff Kipsang
The mystery over the whereabouts of fugitive policewoman Caroline Kangogo, who is accused of killing two men, entered the second week yesterday.
A combined team of detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the National Intelligence Service continued their manhunt for her yesterday.
Sources told People Daily that the search for the Nakuru-based policewoman was being coordinated by the Special Services Unit headed by Pius Gitari and another team from the Criminal Intelligence and Research Bureau.
While the former comprises specially trained officers from the DCI, the latter is an elite unit from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) seconded to the DCI and whose main task is to gather and analyse data and monitor telephone calls with a view to tracking down suspected offenders.
Once they gather the intelligence on the targeted individuals, they pass it on the Special Services team for the actual arrests.
Sources privy to the investigations say the search for the officer was complicated by the fact that she left behind all her known telephone lines.
Speaking yesterday, Nakuru East sub-county deputy police commander Phanton Analo confirmed that police were still following leads with a view to apprehending Kangogo.
He revealed that Kangogo has been listed as being “absent without official leave” adding that upon the lapse of 11 days since she went missing, she will be deemed to have deserted duty.
“We have our guidelines in the Service and at the moment, she is absent without leave. At this point, we will issue a warrant for her arrest,” said Analo.
It emerged last week that Kangogo had withdrawn Sh40,000 from a bank in Juja, Kiambu county.
Detectives investigating the murder of the two men have established that the money was withdrawn from a bank in the densely populated township to enable her to move around.
Investigators believe it is this money she is using to fund her movements and continued hiding from detectives who are tracking her down.
The sources said they were pursuing revenge as a possible motive for the killing of two of her suspected lovers, police constable John Ogweno and Juja businessman Peter Ndwiga last week.
Kangogo hit the headlines on Monday morning when Ogweno, who was attached to the Nakuru Central Police Station, was found dead inside his car at Kasarani police lines in Nakuru town with a gun shot wound on his head.
Kangogo immediately went underground and only resurfaced in Juja on the same day, in the company of a male companion.
A police signal stated that Kangogo had spent the night with Ndwiga, whose body was found in a hotel room in Kiambu.
It has also emerged that on the night Ndwiga was shot dead in the hotel room, Kangogo sent threatening messages to four men, suspected to be her former or current lovers, leading to the belief that she was on a revenge mission.
A postmortem report on Ndwiga’s body revealed that he died due to a severe head injury from a single bullet.
The postmortem conducted at General Kago mortuary in Thika showed that the bullet entered on the left near the ear and exited on the right side.
In Kangogo’s Nyawa village in Elgeyo Marakwet county, her parents remained optimistic that she would hand herself in to authorities after one week of hiding.
The fugitive officer’s father Barnaba Kipkoech Korir told People Daily yesterday that the family is yet to hear anything from their daughter since the chilling incident.
“We are still appealing to her, wherever she is, to just come out and surrender to the authorities. Please don’t harm more people,” a distraught Mr Kangogo, a former senior police officer, said on phone.