Three police officers from the Langata Police station were on Tuesday arrested after they were caught red handed demanding for a Sh200,000 bribe from two students that they had detained at Nairobi West.
Police constables Victor Khisa, John Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno accosted Alvin Kyalo, a student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Robert Mutugi from Daystar University, at the T-Mall’s entrance and arrested them.
Kyalo was then bundled into a white Toyota Vitz while Mutugi was taken into a silver Toyota Premio which had three occupants. The officers told them that they had been arrested for possession of bhang.
“The two were held in the said vehicles for more than four hours. They were forced to call their parents and send Sh100,000 each in order to secure their release,” said a police report about the incident that we have seen.
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Mutugi was then escorted to a nearby M-Pesa agent where he was forced to withdraw Sh10,000 he had received from his father and another Sh10,000 which he had with him.
He was then released.
Meanwhile Kyalo had contacted his mother who works in the city center. When she arrived, the officers are said to have asked her to hand over Sh100,000 in order to secure her son’s release.
She told the officers that she was going to withdraw the money from the mall. At the mall, she spotted officers on patrol and reported the matter.
“ The officers rushed to where the two motor vehicles were parked and managed to arrest two suspects who were in the Vitz and rescued Kyalo,” said the police.
Four other occupants who were in the Premio managed to escape upon seeing the police.
During the operation, a KDF smoke jacket, a reflector jacket, and a radio set gadget, make Simoco were recovered.
According to the police report, one student complained of having been assaulted by the suspects.
After their arrests, it was discovered that the officers are attached to the K9 unit in Lang’ata.