Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi is in trouble yet again, he was arrested for extortion and blackmail.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations said Nyakundi and his accomplice, Emmanuel Nyamweya Ongera, were allegedly caught receiving Sh1 million from Victoria Bank to delete negative stories they had published about the bank.
Confirming the arrest, the office headed by Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti said the two were arrested following an investigation by his officers.
“Detectives based at Gigiri have today afternoon arrested two suspects namely Cyprian Andama Nyakundi and Emmanuel Nyamweya Ong’era after successful investigations touching on extortion, blackmail and false accusations,” DCI tweeted on Monday (20.01.20).
@DCI_Kenya Detectives based at Gigiri have today afternoon arrested two suspects namely Cyprian Andama Nyakundi and Emmanuel Nyamweya Ong'era after successful investigations touching on extortion, blackmail and false accusations.
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) January 20, 2020
They were arrested after allegedly receiving Sh 1 million from one of their victims as a down payment for Sh 17.5 million they had demanded before pulling down the libellous stories from their website.
The said posts are reported to have appeared on a website allegedly owned by the two suspects.
The exhibit money was recovered and the duo at Gigiri police station is allegedly yet to be arraigned in Nairobi on Tuesday 24 hours after their arrest.
Frozen. I went to court. He was not taken there. Went to gigiri. Totally baseless case. Pure Entrapment. https://t.co/238m6ZKBnn
— COmbeta (@OmbetaC) January 21, 2020
Supporters of the blogger including fellow blogger Robert Alai and lawyer Cliff Ombetta are calling for the release of the two saying that Nyakundi was being set up.