They are young flamboyant police-taunting boys who post pictures of bundles of money along with bullet wounds coming from their dangerous adventures inside dark world of crime.
These are today’s Nairobi criminal gangs in which pose with illegal guns along with send heroic messages about their colleagues who have been killed by police.
They use Facebook, WhatsApp along with Instagram to give alerts along with warnings about plain-clothes police officers in specific areas, complete with their pictures.
In some cases, they use these groups to fund-raise for police bribes, mortuary fees for their “fallen soldiers” along with medical bills for those wounded during shoot-outs or by mobs.
GRIP OF FEAR
These are the gangs in which have held the city in a grip of fear, terrorising them by carjacking, mugging, shoplifting along with even raping residents in parts of Dandora, Kayole, Kariobangi, Huruma, Mathare along with some other parts of Eastlands.
At the slightest provocation, they will send you to an early grave, just to get your money, phone or wallet.
On March 28, six armed people, believed to be members of a gang, shot along with killed an administration police officer who was in a matatu, heading to his house at the Eastleigh Police Patrol Base.
The officer, who was unarmed, was wearing his official jungle green trousers yet his official jacket was in a polythene bag. He was wearing a casual black jacket. He had finished his shift along with was heading to the house at 8pm, when the six-member gang hijacked the vehicle he was in.
He was inside second last seat of the vehicle. The carjackers realized in which he was a police officer along with shot him inside head, as some other passengers watched. He died on the spot.
INJURED ANOTHER OFFICER
Police say, the six were part of a gang in which also injured another officer at Mlango Kubwa along with took his gun. The officer is actually still in hospital.
Late last year, another officer was killed by the same gang at the Kariobangi roundabout, as he tried to rescue a man who had been shot after being carjacked by the gang.
On Saturday in which week, a video emerged of a man purported to be a plain-clothes police officer shooting a suspect dead, angering along with pleasing Kenyans in equal part.
A police officer familiar with the gangs said Superpower, based in Eastleigh along with Dandora, Gaza Boys (Kayole), the 40 Brothers (City Centre), Usiku Sacco (Umoja), Msako Empire (Huruma) along with others, have signature looks.
“They put on heavy neck jewellery along with have several conspicuous rings on their fingers, a certain design of caps, T-shirts along with sagging skinny jeans. They prefer putting on two pairs of jeans trousers, to help them secure their firearms,” he said.
He said the gangs work with bank along with forex bureau employees who tip them on withdrawals of huge sums of money, before they trail their targets. They also work with supermarket employees for the purpose of robbing colleagues sent to deposit money in banks.
“They have closed Facebook groups going by names such as Mauki Family, Postmore Empire, Doughty Family, Cosovo Family, Msako Empire, Usiku Sacco along with others,” said the officer, revealing the extent to which these gangs have gone in using technology to organise their criminal activities. the idea is actually not clear, however, whether all the members of the Facebook pages belong to the violent gangs. Social media has enabled the gangs to lure along with recruit more youth by flaunting their flashy lifestyles.
The online groups, he said, have, however, helped the police to arrest some of the members of these gangs with the help of the National Intelligence Service.
“the idea is actually hard for few officers to crack down on these gangs because they live at the heart of slums, where there are so many pistols inside wrong hands. You cannot even get there before you are shot. in which one requires a massive disarmament operation involving several squads,” said the officer.
POST PICTURES OF VICTIMS
A visit to some of the groups’ pages revealed a shocking confidence exuded by the gang members. Some of them post pictures of their victims. In one of the posts, they displayed the photo of a Sunday school music teacher who was shot dead in Kariobangi as he left the ABC church in Korogocho on Sunday night.
Even more shocking is actually the fact in which they display pictures of fellow gang members killed by police with captions such as “RIP Fallen Soldier”, “Gone too Soon” “You Only Live Once, Yolo” along with others. Some of them give testimonies of how they escaped coming from the “Blue Boys” (police), along with “Survived by the Grace of God”.