KDF soldier, two police officers nabbed demanding bribes in the CBD

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 10:22 |
An image of police handcuffs.

Police at the Central Police Station are holding three wayward law enforcement officers among them a KDF soldier, who were arrested on Wednesday, 21, April while conducting ilegal arrests.

The three are Police Corporal Cliff Ombati, KDF Lance Corporal Ben Shiundu and Prison Warder Eugine Shivachi.

According to information from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, “the three made a mockery of the multi-agency spirit in fighting crime, by uniting to commit crime instead of complimenting each other’s efforts in guaranteeing the public safety and security of Kenyans.”

Shiundu, an army officer from 15 Kenya Army based in Mariakani and Shivachi stationed at Wajir GK Prison, joined their Nairobi based partner in crime Cpl Ombati stationed at Uhuru Camp and assigned themselves duties in the heart of Nairobi’s central business district. 

The errant officers reportedly embarked on effecting illegal arrest of boda boda riders on trumped-up charges, demanding bribes from them. 

The three flagged down one Cyrus Mwangi, a boda boda rider along City Hall way and took possession of his motorbike.

It is after they started harassing the rider demanding for a Sh4,000 bribe to release the bike, that a curious onlooker alerted uniformed Police officers on patrol. The two officers Reagan Akiko and Shukri Abdi, responded swiftly but were met by a hail of kicks and blows from the officers of the law turned criminals.

It took the combined efforts of the officers on patrol and members of the public, to subdue the three miscreants who had left their places of duty hundreds of kilometers away, to reap from the sweat of hardworking Kenyans. While the two diligent officers sustained serious injuries from the ordeal, they managed to recover two handcuffs from the suspects.

Lance Corporal Shiundu has since been handed over to military Police for further action in accordance with military doctrines, while the remaining two suspects from APS and Prison services are in custody pending their arraignment in court tomorrow, to answer to charges of demanding by menace, impersonation and being in possession of government stores.

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