“Why I Was Arrested By Anti-Terror Police Unit After My Birthday” – Kenyan Filmmaker


Renowned Kenyan filmmaker and content creator, Abel Mutua has recalled being arrested by an Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) days after his birthday.

In a candid video capturing his most memorable moments of 2023, Mutua revealed that he was arrested by officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit in August.

He said the incident unfolded on August 31, just after he returned from celebrating his birthday with his wife.

Abel Mutua, known for his creative prowess in the entertainment industry, narrated the unexpected encounter with the ATPU that left an indelible mark on his year.

Recounting the events, he shared that a mix-up mistakenly placed him on the radar of the anti-terror police, leading to his temporary detention for questioning.

During the hours of interrogation, Abel clarified his innocence, ultimately resulting in his release.

While he refrained from divulging specific details of the incident, he mentioned the unique and intense atmosphere of an ATPU interrogation room.

“I was not in the wrong. A mistake happened, but it was not anyone’s fault, so I became a person of interest to the ATPU. They did not mishandle me, but there is a way they interrogate you in that room,” Abel stated, providing a glimpse into the challenging experience.

Mutua added that the encounter, though initially distressing, fostered an unexpected positive outcome.

Following his release, he established a connection with senior officers within the ATPU, turning what could have been a negative experience into an opportunity to build relationships.

The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU), a specialized unit within the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), plays a crucial role in mitigating and investigating terrorism-related cases in Kenya.