Drama ensued at Ikanga Airstrip in Voi, Taita Taveta County after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko resisted attempts to bundle him into a police chopper following his arrest.
Sonko, who was arrested at a roadblock in Voi on Friday, was set to be airlifted to Nairobi to face graft-related charges over the alleged misappropriation of more than Sh300 million.
He was nabbed by detectives from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) hours after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for his arrest in connection to irregular procurement and payments amounting to Sh357 million.
“Following a comprehensive investigation by the EACC and upon receiving and independently reviewing the investigation file I have found sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution and I have therefore ordered for the immediate arrest and arraignment in court of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko,” said Haji.
In a statement on Twitter, EACC said Governor Sonko was arrested while trying to escape arrest. He was reportedly traveling to Mombasa.
“EACC confirms that Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi has been arrested while escaping arrest at a roadblock in Voi and is being transferred to Nairobi to face charges of corruption and economic crime,” read the tweet from EACC.
In videos shared on social media, Sonko is seen refusing to board a police helicopter at Ikanga Airstrip and at one point attempts to fight one of the officers. Police officers were forced to handcuff him before he was airlifted to Nairobi.