A notorious 23-year-old suspected police impostor and con artist was caught, following an elaborate dragnet set up by officers from the DCI.
The venue of the dramatic Tuesday, January 29 arrest was Kabete National Polytechnic along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi, the main base of the suspect's operations.
Daniel Ochieng, the suspect, had allegedly visited the institution and introduced himself as an officer from Central Police Station, further adding that he was there to investigate reported crime within the college.
"In the course of his unlawful conduct, he arrested a student on allegations that he was peddling narcotic drugs. He further intimidated the victim with severe police action and in the process extorted Thirty thousand Kenya shillings from him," reads an excerpt of the statement shared by the DCI.
The detectives further intimated that it was the victim who lost Ksh 30,000 who reported the matter to the police, thereby leading to a covert operation at the campus to flash out the fake officer.
Ochieng' had no clue he was the target of the operation as the detectives closed in on him while still in his fake police persona.
Once under cuffs, the DCI officers found him in possession of bhang, a toy pistol and Ksh 30,000
The detectives further revealed that the suspect was to be arraigned in court on January 29.
In a similar incident, detectives in the Coast on December 31, 2019, confirmed the arrest of yet another police impostor linked to a criminal gang.
Confirming to Daily Nation, Kilifi North Sub-county Police Commander Njoroge Ngigi disclosed that the suspect, whose identity had been concealed, was nabbed donning a police uniform belonging to prison officers.
He further stated that the suspect was arrested between the night of December 29 and Monday, December 30, 2019.
“One man was found wearing a police uniform and investigations revealed that he was not a policeman. For now, we are holding him so he can help us in our investigations," Ngigi told the press.
He further noted that a number of suspects, believed to be part of the gang, escaped and police launched a manhunt for them.
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