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Police arrested for demanding bribe while on leave

Police officer solicits a Ksh500,000 bribe from the father of a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) applicant.

On Saturday, a policeman assigned to the Langas Police Station in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, was detained for allegedly attempting to solicit a Ksh500,000 bribe from the father of a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) applicant.

The officer, who was off duty at the time, was one of six police officers who showed up at the complainant’s place pretending to be KDF recruiters with counterfeit calling letters bearing the complainant’s daughter’s name.

 Subsequently, police officers from Cherengany Police Station visited the scene and arrested all 6 individuals involved.

“They were all arrested while awaiting Ksh500,000 as a bribe so that they could issue the fake calling letters. They have been placed in custody awaiting to be arraigned in court,” read a police report.

Among the arrested police officers was an Assistant County Commissioner from the Rift Valley region. 

During the operation, the officers recovered two counterfeit KDF calling letters as well as two white envelopes bearing the Ministry of Environment logo. 

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Additionally, a cash bail receipt, an ID card, and a driving license were found at the scene. 

A blue Toyota Vitz was also seized during the operation.

This comes after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) repeatedly warned Kenyans not to fall for scammers who charge a fee to issue false certifications.

The National Police Service (NPS) has previously cautioned Kenyans about an increase in scammers posing as law enforcement officials.

On July 29, EACC Deputy Chief Executive Abdi Mohamud stated that the agency had identified at least five categories of certificate fraud in both the National and County Governments.

“Some workers secure employment, promotions, or university admissions using fake certificates with the full knowledge and support of their employers or the universities,” EACC stated.

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