Four rogue cops arrested after foiled robbery attempt in Nairobi
Four gun-toting rogue police officers were arrested on Monday after a failed attempt to rob two men of Ksh 2 million, which they had just withdrawn from a bank in Nairobi CBD.
According to reports, Hassan Omar, an employee of Afro Forex Bureau, together with Mohammed Hassan had just left Absa bank along Mama Ngina Street after the money at around 11 am.
As the two men approached Afro Forex bureau along Standard Street, they were confronted by four men who claimed to be police officers.
The four men said they were after Mohammed Hassan, who was carrying the bag at the time.
The rogue did not disclose any offence committed by their target, only telling him he was wanted.
At this point, Mohammed Hassan and Hassan Omar raised an alarm, which then attracted officers from the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU), who were guarding the nearby Dahabshil Forex Bureau.
The officers rushed to the scene and a manager from the Afro Forex Bureau flanked by a security guard quickly took possession of the bag containing the money, before taking it for safe keeping.
The four rogue police officers went ahead and bungled Mohammed Hassan and Hassan Omar into their car, a white Toyota Premio with a KBZ 036B registration number.
They took off claiming they were taking the duo to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Headquarters.
The owners of the forex bureau went ahead and reported the matter to the police, who seemed not to know of such an operation. A search was then launched for the motor vehicle.
The car and its occupants were intercepted within Muthaiga.
The four rogue cops were identified as S/no. 49743 Sgt Daniel Wambua, C/O DCI Kasarani, S/no 76984 Pc Stanley Mohammed Gitonga of DCI Kasarani, S/no 240656 Cpl Eliud Bor attached to Kenyan union office at Gigiri as a security officer SGB.
It was later established that Sgt Nicholas Murira attached to Mugutha police station, Juja sub-county was with the trio at the scene but was not found in the car at the time of the arrest.
The rogue officers were found to be in possession of a Jericho pistol s/no 40305526 with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a Gillboa s/no kn-0387 with 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
They were escorted to Nairobi area DCI offices for interrogation and later to Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officer (SCCIO) Central for further police action.
The rogue cops face charges of attempted robbery with violence.