Six al Shabaab suspects were yesterday charged with being in possession of firearms and planning to commit crime.
Mohamed Jiro Hassan, Ali Hassan Aden, Ismail Noor Ahmed, Ali Mohamed Ali, Zeinab Beina and Sameyi Iftin, alongside three others not in court, were found travelling without refugee passes at Amuma trading centre in Fafi district, Garissa on Tuesday.
The six were travelling to the Hagardera refugee camp in Dadaab when police at the Amuma road block intercepted them. Two pistols, three hand grenades and 84 bullets were found in their vehicle.
The suspects also faced four different counts including preparation to commit felony, being in possession of firearms, being in possession of dangerous ammunitions and residing outside their designated area without authority.
The six who relied on an interpreter in the Garissa court denied the four counts and pleaded for leniency saying that they were passengers.
Prosecutor Wachira Karuri asked the court to remand the suspect at the Garissa police station to give the police more time to finish investigations.
He argued that releasing them on bond will interfere with the investigations. Senior principle magistrate John Onyiego said the case before is serious and touches on matters of national security.
He remanded the six suspects and ordered the prosecution to complete investigations in ten days. The hearing was set for December 27.
Police suspect the weapons, being held at the Daadab police station, were to be used to commit crime during the jamuhuri Day celebrations that were marked at the Garissa Primary School playground.