DCI Unmasks NMS Workers Running Child Theft Syndicate

  • A photo of the Mama Lucy Hospital in Nairobi taken on August 1, 2019,
    A photo of the Mama Lucy Hospital in Nairobi taken on August 1, 2019,
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  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday, November 3, unmasked two Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) for running a child theft syndicate at the capital.

    While testifying at the Milimani Law Courts, DCI head of forensic document examination, John Muinde, revealed that the two health workers conspired to write a letter authorizing the release of three children at the Mama Lucy Hospital.

    Muinde stated that they made the findings after conducting a forensic examination on the handwriting of the duo.

    Talino Forensics Workstation donated by Sumuri, a U.S based IT corporation to DCI Kenya on April 28, 2020.
    Talino Forensics Workstation donated by Sumuri, a U.S based IT corporation to DCI Kenya on April 28, 2020.
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    “The handwriting and signatures pointed by a marker in red ink on the exhibit marked A3 when compared with specimen handwriting and signatures of suspect 1 on exhibit C6 and the handwriting of  B1 and B2 were made by the same author,” Muinde revealed.

    The DCI officer added that the handwriting of the duo and the signature on the release letters were also similar in structure and letter construction.

    The forensic expert went ahead to disclose to the court that they started the forensic investigations in 2020 after they were presented with the exhibits on December 21, 2020. 

    The two NMS workers were arrested after a public uproar on social media, following a BBC African Eye expose on the baby theft syndicate in November 2020.

    In the expose, BBC filmed how the workers at the Mama Lucy hospital conspired to have the babies released from the hospital claiming that they were abandoned.

    "Make sure you write here abandoned," one of the suspects was filmed directing one of the nurses.

    Further, one of the NMS workers was seen receiving Ksh300,000 from the BBC informant. The plan was to have one of the children released to the informant's care while the other two would be taken to a children’s home. 

    "I was told to go to Mama Lucy early in the morning and pick the child there. What was shocking to me is how easy we walked out with the children. It took us seconds to get out," the BBC informant revealed.

    Additionally, when testifying before the court, the head of the children's home, where the three children were taken, also testified that the children were released without any proper documentation.

    The two NMS workers are facing charges of child trafficking contrary to the law and for conspiracy to commit a felony 

    File image of Kenyan banknotes held in a hand on January 25, 2020.
    File image of Kenyan banknotes held in a hand on January 25, 2020.
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