The state has been allowed to hold three police officers who were were caught red handed while attempting to violently rob a businessman who had withdrawn Sh2 million from a forex bureau.
Sergaent Daniel Wambua Mthini who is in charge of armoury at Kasarani police station,corporal Eliud Kipkurui Bor,police constable Stanley Gitonga appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Bernard Ochoi.
The fourth suspect Sergeant Nicholas Murira attached to Mugutha police station in Juja subcounty presented himself in court and joined his colleagues who had been brought in court from Central police station as they sat on the dock.
Police made the application through the investigating officer corporal Joseph Omeru.
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In the application Omeru stated that the accused had been arrested on Monday,January 09 by police officers from Nairobi area regional headquaters follwing a call made to control room at Nairobi area police headquarters that one Hassan Abdi Omar of Afro limited and operating a forex bureau at Lonrho house had withdrawn some cash from Absa bank Queensway house branch and in company of Mohammed Hassan had been confronted by robbers.
Omeru told the court that police officers from Nairobi command rushed to the scene and established that Omar who together with Hassan had withdrew cash amounting to Sh2 million and while along standard Street about 20 meters from their Forex bureau they were confronted by four men who claimed to be police officers and informed them that they were after the said Hassan who was carrying the bag containing the money and that he was wanted for an offence which they did not disclose.
During the commotion Omar snatched the black bag containing money from Mohamed and threw it to the security guard who was outside the forex bureau.At that time according to Omeru, s Omar raised alarm which attracted the nearby security guards and Administration police officers who were guarding the nearby Dahabshil Forex Bureau.
The AP officers rushed to the scene and one of the security guard from Afro forex bureau together with the Manager immediately took the bag containing the money to the forex bureau for safe custody.
On arrival of the AP officers, the four suspects identified themselves to them that they were police officers which led to their counterparts retreating back.
Omar and Hassan were then arrested by the said officers who were using motor vehicle registration number KBZ 036b Toyota premio white in colour and claimed that they were taking them to DCI headquarters.
On their way to CID headquarters along Kiambu road through Thika road the suspects are said according to the investigating officers to have stopped at a matatu stage and asked for ransom from the two men and they were given Sh50 000 by Omar.
Meanwhile the owners of the forex bureau had reported to police the incident and the said motor vehicle and its occupants where they were intercepted within Muthaiga,Nairobi.
Upon arrest the occupants of the said motor vehicle were identified as Sgt Daniel Wambua of DCI Kasarani,Police Constable Stanley Mohammed Gitonga of DCI kasarani and Corporal Eliud Bor attached to security of government building (SGB) of Administration police.
Sergeant Murira who presented himself in court as he was not arrested o Monday was according to Omeru with the trio at the scene but was found in the car at the time of arrest .
Omeru added that after the arrest the three officers were escorted to Nairobi Area DCI offices for interrogation and later to Central police station DCIO office for further police interrogation where upon search a Jericho pistol serial number 40305526 with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition was recovered from Wambua.
One Gillboa serial number kn-0387 with 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition was recovered from Gitonga .
Wambua too was found in possession of a pocket phone huawei make serial number 173103001 imei 864106020058871.
During the interrogation the investigating officer revealed in court that the Central police DCIO contacted his counterpart at Kasarani divsion whther he was aware of the officers mission in the city where he denied any knowledge of their work in the city that suggested that the suspects were on a robbery mission or having ulterior mission in the city.
Omeru told the court that he was asking for the seven days in order to record statements from the manager at Absa bank where Sh2 million was withdrawn from, security officer at the Afro limited and operating a forex bureau, Administration police manning security at the nearby Dahabshil Forex Bureau.
“I also want to get bank statement from the complainant to establish that he made withdrawals from the bank and also go through the arms record at the Kasarani police station where Wambua is the armourer,”said Omeru.
Ochoi will rule on Wednesday afternoon on the police application.