Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have arrested a man accused of masquerading as a police officer.
According to a statement by the DCI, investigators based at Gigiri intercepted the man in Parklands, Nairobi.
The suspect was found in possession of a Ceska pistol, 27 rounds of ammunition, military smoke jacket, two empty magazines, two walkie talkies, white bullet proof vest, pair of handcuffs, several rolls of suspected bhang and several badges.A suspect who was arrested for impersonating a police officer
Among the suspicious documents he was found carrying included a community policing badge, firearms license and a Kenya Airports Authority badge.
The suspect was put under lawful custody to be charged with, among other charges, extortion and being in possession of government-issued items.
Members of the Asian community had raised many complaints about being blackmailed by the fake officer.
To instill fear in them, he even boasted to have connections in the police force.
The man had been fashioning himself as a special government operative taking commands from powerful officials at State House.
Those who have encountered him say he possesses a card showing he is a police reservist and other cards as proof of him being a member of undercover government security agencies.
He is also believed to have strong international links.
Impersonating a police officer attracts a fine of Ksh1 million or imprisonment of 10 years, or both.
“A person other than a police officer who, without the written authority of the Inspector-General, puts on or assumes, either in whole or in part, the uniform, name, designation or description of a police officer, or a uniform, name or designation, resembling or intended to resemble the uniform, name or designation of a police officer; or in any way pretends to be a police officer for any purpose which he would not by law be entitled to do of his own authority, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding ten years, or to both,” the law reads.
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