Three Police Officers Arrested while Demanding Ksh 200K from Two University Students.
Three police constables were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly harassing two university students and demanding a Ksh.100,000 bribe from each.
According to a police report from the Lang’ata police station, Victor Khisa, John Odhiambo, and Timothy Otieno confronted Alvin Kyalo, a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), and Robert Mutugi, a student at Daystar University, at the T-M all’s entrance after having lunch at the nearby Magharib building.
The officers, who were dressed in civilian clothes, arrested the two for alleged bhang possession.
Kyalo was then loaded into a white Toyota Vitz, while Mutugi was loaded into a silver Toyota Premio with three occupants, one in full jungle uniform and two others in civilian attire.
“The two were held in the said vehicles for more than four hours. They were forced to call their parents and send one hundred thousand each in order to secure their release or be taken into custody,” read part of the statement.
Mutugi was then led to a nearby M-Pesa agent, where he was forced to withdraw Ksh.10K from his father and another Ksh.10K which he had with him.
He was then set free.
Kyalo then called his mother, who works in the city centre, according to reports. When she arrived, the officers allegedly demanded Ksh.100,000 to secure her son’s release.
She also refused to get into a police vehicle, according to the police report, instead requesting permission to withdraw money from the mall.
“She told them to wait for her as she withdrew the cash at t- mall. At T-Mall she met police officers from Nyayo police post who were on patrol and reported the incident. The officers rushed to where the two motor vehicles were parked and managed to arrest two suspects who were in the Vitz and rescued Kyalo,” stated the statement.
According to the police report, one student claimed that the suspects assaulted him.
Following their arrests, it was discovered that the officers were assigned to the Lang’ata K9 unit.
They were held at the Langata police station pending their arraignment.