- Simon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
Three detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations were on Tuesday, August 11, charged for reportedly abducting an oil company manager.
A report by People Daily indicated that the three identified as police constables William Mutua, Henry Maitai and Jonathan Sankale had allegedly kidnapped Jackson Wambua Kimwele of Baraka Gas Company in Matuu, Machakos County as well as his colleague.
The publication further indicated that the trio proceeded to demand Ksh600,000 with menace from the victim.
Appearing before Principal Magistrate Charles Mwaniki at Kibera Law Courts, the three denied the charges.Kibera Law courts in Nairobi County.
In their defense, the detectives argued that the incident had taken place while they were on duty and demanded release arguing that the manager had withdrawn his suit.
A senior prosecutor from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) objected their application arguing that they were not aware of the withdrawal of charges by the complainant.
The magistrate, therefore, denied their application noting that only the office of the DPP was authorised to press or withdraw charges in such a matter.
The three were arrested by their employer, the DCI, on Monday, August 3, after they were accused of robbery with violence at the station.
The incident took place on the night of Friday, July 31 with DCI and SSU officials pouncing on the rogue officials on Monday.
The trio are said to have conducted a sting operation following a tip that the company was illegally and unprocedurally refilling cylinders from various gas companies behind locked doors after curfew hours.
The company's surveillance car, a Toyota Probox was intercepted by the three officers with the manager of the company on board.
They gained access to the facility where they confiscated mobile phones of all workers moments before the business owner called the manager seeking to talk to the officers.
Cash amounting to Ksh 370,000 was transferred to various accounts via mobile money which was later traced back to the three officers.File image of a gas cylinder filling station in Kenya
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