The country's most wanted woman according to a press release shared on Thursday, September 12, by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is Jane Wawira Mugo.
She has been accused of crimes that paint her as one of the most dangerous human beings this side of the Sahara, but this has not always been the case.
The enigmatic woman narrated how she served as an undercover police officer for eight years in the scorpion unit, during an interview with the Standard back on May 1, 2010.
She then enrolled with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) - currently referred to as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), where she trained as a detective.
Backed with a degree in criminology, the sharp-witted investigator then switched to the private sector, working for the former director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Joseph Kamau, company (Karman Security Services) before she finally set up her own company Trimo Security Services in 2006.
"When Kamau left the government and formed Karman Security Services, he co-opted me to be in charge of investigations and security for three years. I worked on fraud, forensic investigations, executive protection, training and security consultancy, gaining a lot of experience," she explained to the Daily Nation on June 11, 2015.
Over the years, she has earned accolades from the Kenya Police for her work.
For instance, in 2009, she caught thieves who had stolen 10 calorimeters belonging to the government equipment meant to test HIV/Aids in children, earning herself the prestigious CRADLE award.
According to a Standard publication, the renowned private investigator got in trouble back in 2017 after she was accused of impersonation, abduction and creating a disturbance while in the line of duty.
She was later freed following the withdrawal of three criminal cases against her, with the complainants allegedly changing their minds, saying they were no longer interested in the court proceedings.
Wawira is now one of the most wanted people in the country, with the DCI stating that Wawira stands accused of multiple counts of abduction, robbery with violence and threatening to kill.
The latest DCI statement claimed that Wawira runs a syndicate of robbers, with her employees Isaac Ndirangu, Noreen Malala and Michael Gitau accused of robbing Ksh90,000 off a man just after he left an unnamed bank. The three allegedly introduced themselves as police officers.
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