Five police officers arrested over alleged foreigner ‘kidnap’

Five police officers and a civilian have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a foreigner of Asian origin.

The five officers, two attached to Kiambu Quick Response Team, two regular police officers from the Kenya Railways police headquarters, Nairobi, and one AP from Kaloleni were nabbed at Muthaiga police station while allegedly detaining the victim.

Also arrested is the civilian, who is alleged to be the driver of the Probox taxi cab, that was used to ferry the victim to the station. Three immigration officials, whose identities are yet to be ascertained, are said to have fled when the police arrived.

Senior AP officers from Central and Nairobi regions held a six-hour closed-door meeting at the Thika CID offices on Saturday to discuss the issue. Thika deputy criminal investigations officer Raphael Wawire said the meeting was to assess the progress of investigations and establish why the officers operated outside their areas of command.

“Investigations to unravel the truth behind this case is in top gear. They will be charged once we concludinvestigations,” he said. Wawire said on Friday, police trailed the five policemen after receiving reports from an investor – a quarry owner – that one of his employees had been arrested by people, who claimed to be police officers.

“The investor rushed to notify Makongeni police officers, who immediately trailed the five to Muthaiga police station, where they entered after realising they were being pursued,” he said.