Former DCI Kinoti's Special Service Unit Disbanded

Fridah Wangechi | 1 year ago
Former DCI boss George Kinoti and acting DCI boss Noor Gabow at a past event. COURTESY

In a midnight statement shared on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations social media accounts on Saturday, October 14, acting Director General Noor Gabow dissolved the Special Service Unit that was created by former DCI boss George Kinoti.

Officers attached to the unit will now retreat to the agency's Kiambu Road headquarters awaiting further direction as the National Police Service restrategizes on the next plan of action under with the William Ruto-led administration.

"The DCI Special Service Unit (SSU) has been disbanded with immediate effect. This follows a directive from the Ag. IG Mr Noor Gabow. All officers serving in the disbanded unit have been recalled to DCI Headquarters for further instructions. This comes as the National Police Service prepares for reorganization under the new administration," the statement read.

The Special Service Unit(SSU) was Kinoti's brainchild , where he downsized and renamed the previous Special Crime Prevention Unit after he disbanded the Flying Squad in 2019.

Alongside the Sting Squad Headquarters also initiated in the same year , the SSU was linked to the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) for intelligence driven operations alongside other units that include Cybercrime, Ballistics, Scenes of Crime, Principal Crime Registrar, Crime Intelligence Unit, Homicide, (DNA, Toxicological, Chemistry and Biology Lab Units) ,all based at the agency's forensic laboratory.

The units worked closely with other State Security Agencies for intelligence sharing and hence are on call 24/7 to cater to crime-based emergencies all over the country.

This comes hours after President William Ruto appointed Amin Mohamed Ibrahim as the new director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to replace Goerge Kinoti who resigned at the assumption of office by the new administration.

His appointment is contained in a Gazette Notice dated October 14 and signed by the president.

"IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by section 30 of the National Police Service Act, 2011, I, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces appoint AMIN MOHAMED IBRAHIM to be the Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI),” reads the gazette notice dated.

Amin emerged as the top choice out of ten shortlisted senior cops  in the vetting exercise for the next head sleuth by the National Police Service Commission on Tuesday, October 11.

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