NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 3 – A day after two men were arrested for trying to extort an MP while impersonating as detectives, five others have been arrested.
The five were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), while impersonating as officers from the National Intelligence Service, Military and Police.
DCI Director George Kinoti said they even had fake ID’s from the three organisations, a pair of handcuffs and a pocket phone.
These made them easily pass as genuine officers from the security agencies, enabling them to con members of the public while mostly going for prime soft targets.
“They will all face charges,” Kinoti said.
A statement from the DCI Headquarters named the conmen as Sharoq Afzal Shah, Jamal Hassan Ali, Fred Ngusare, Francis Saitabau and Junaid Mehmood Osman.
“Members of the public who may have fallen victim to the activities of such individuals are advised to visit DCI Lang’ata,” Kinoti said.
Police have also detained two motor vehicles the conmen were using and will be seeking to establish their ownership.
The five suspects were arrested just a day after an attempt by two conmen, posing as detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), to defraud a Member of Parliament was thwarted Wednesday when police were called on them.
The two, identified as Dennis Moturi Nyakundi and Victor Onsare, had called the MP from Nyanza, summoning him to record a statement over an alleged criminal offence.
When the MP agreed to honour the summons to the headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Kiambu Road, the conmen quickly changed the tact, and diverted him to a Nairobi Hotel to “talk”.
It is then that the legislator smelt a rat and reported the matter.
Detectives from the DCI Headquarters are said to have liased with their officers at the Parliament Police Station, who pounced on the two suspects as they discussed with the MP on the fake summons.
“They are in custody and will face charges of impersonation and demanding money from the MP by false pretence,” one senior detective said.
It is understood that the conmen were demanding Sh1 million from the legislator “to go slow” on the fake investigation.
A senior detective told Capital FM News that such cases are on the rise, revealing that a senior parastatal official was recently conned millions of shillings by conmen posing as detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigating the COVID-19 tenders.