News 2008


Fake Police-Man Arrested Following Spate of Robberies

The Nation (Nairobi)

4 February 2008

Wanjiru Macharia


Police in Baringo have arrested a man they claim had been posing as an Administration Police officer.

Area divisional police boss Peter Njenga said a G3 rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition and AP's uniform were recovered from the suspect.

He said the man stole the gun and uniform in Narok sometime in December and went all the way through Mai Mahiu, Naivasha and Nakuru to Marigat in Baringo District where he was arrested on Saturday.

Mr Njenga said the suspect robbed a bread supplier of Sh58,000 at gun-point in Marigat Town. He said the culprit later stole Sh14,000 from a teacher, adding that the man had been on the local police's list of wanted criminals after several cases were reported at the station.

Mr Njenga said several people had gone to his office claiming that they had been terrorised and mugged by an Administration Police officer.

He said the man was under police custody and would be charged with the offences as soon as investigations were completed.

Elsewhere, an Administration Police officer shot and injured a nephew of the Narok North Member of Parliament, Mr David Lankas, at Ololulunga Trading Centre on the Narok-Bomet road.

Confirming the incident, Narok divisional police commander Patrick Wambani said the AP constable had gone to arrest the two men, who were fighting with knives, when they attacked him.

He said the Administration Police officer panicked and opened fire to scare away the two.

Police harassment

Mr Wambani said one of the men was hit by a bullet below the waist and was rushed to the district hospital. He said the incident sparked off a demonstration by the residents against police harassment.

Mr Wambani said the AP constable was being held at Narok Police Station, and would be charged for the offence.

But the MP, Mr Lankas, dismissed the police explanation, saying the AP officer was armed, drunk and disorderly.

He claimed the officer was shooting indiscriminately when the bullet hit his nephew. He also accused the police of taking time before disarming and arresting the officer.