Nairobi area police boss Richard Kerich, however, said he was “unaware” of Steve Mbogo’s ‘arrest’.
“Who is that Mbogo? I am unaware whether such a person has been arrested,” he told EDAILY on phone.
Mr Mbogo was on Tuesday pictured holding a sophisticated firearm while sporting a bullet proof vest at the 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi during a terror attack, which has left 14 dead.
Kenyans online questioned the capacity Steve Mbogo occupied as he went to the terror front in a fashion akin to a top specialised anti-terror officer.
EDAILY reached him on phone Tuesday evening.
Mr Mbogo said he went to the terror front as a “licensed firearms holder, who was willing to help”.
“I am a licensed firearms holder. I was running my errands near the dusitD2 Hotel here in Nairobi, when I learnt that the facility was under a terror attack. Because I was in a position to help, given I have good knowledge on how to handle firearms and protect myself against such situations, I went in to help in the rescue operations. If you are asking in what capacity I was there, I would tell you: I was there as a civilian, who is mandated by law to handle firearms,” Mr Mbogo told EDAILY.
When pressed to explain if he – always – walks or drives around with such classy automatic rifles, Mr Mbogo said: “Such questions are not relevant as of now.”
Steve Mbogo was also put to task to explain the circumstances in which he owns a bulletproof vest, which, according to Kenyan law, is nearly impossible for a civilian to posses.
In his response, he said: “I am still occupied with rescue operations. Let me take cover and then I will speak to you later.”
DusitD2 Hotel was attacked by unknown gunmen, said to be five in number, at 3pm Tuesday.
Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which has left several wounded with some occupants feared dead.