The prime suspect behind the bizarre incident in which a three-year-old minor Junior Sagini’s eyes were gouged out by unknown assailants in Kisii County has been arrested.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers arrested the 26-year-old Alex Maina Ochogo suspect on Sunday evening before taking him into custody at the Marani Police Station.

Ochogo who turns out to be baby Sagini’s cousin was arraigned at the Kisii Law Courts on Monday before Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Ogweno and charged with attempted murder.

The suspect will spend 5 more days in police custody at the Rioma Police Station as DCI detectives continue with the further probe into the incident.

Sagaini’s 28-year-old mother Maureen Nyaboke, had been arrested and also arraigned for child neglect.

Three suspects, including a Form 3 student, a middle-aged man and a woman were arrested and released on Sunday evening after extensive interrogation.

Other suspects involved in what some area residents term as peculiar ritualistic activities remain at large even as police have mounted a serious manhunt for them.

Baby Sagini was kidnapped on Wednesday evening by merciless assailants who took him through an ordeal and gouged out his eyes before dumping him in his family plantation at Ikuruma village in Marani, Kisii County.

He was discovered on Thursday with his face covered in blood and was immediately rushed to the Kisii Eye Hospital where doctors fought frantically to restore the minor’s eyesight but unfortunately, they could not.

They performed several procedures on Sagini to stabilise him before discharging him on Sunday.

The bizarre incident has since resigned Sagini to blindness.

However, the doctors said they could not release him to the uncertainty of the volatile situation at his home.

Public Service, Affirmative Action and Gender CS Aisha Jumwa announced the National Government will shelter and take care of Sagini and his sister henceforth.