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NACADA imposter arraigned in court

02 July 2015, 14:27 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - A case in which a man from Murang’a County is accused of impersonating a NACADA officer has been postponed to allow for a Criminal Investigations Officer to testify.

John Mwangi Wanjiru is accused of presenting false documents to an assistant chief at Makeu village, who indeed allowed him to be carrying out his purported duties as an officer in the drug fighting agency.

He allegedly committed the offence in January this year by extorting money from unsuspecting residents by presenting himself as an officer in National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA).

The accused is said to have started arresting youths in the area and asking for money upon their release, claiming he had released them on bond.

While giving his testimony in court, Ethan Maina who works at the assistant Chief’s office said that on January 25, 2015 the accused ‘arrested’ Geoffrey Gatembu claiming that he was a member of the outlawed Mungiki sect and demanded KES 21 000 from his parents.

The parents reported to the chief, who distanced himself from the arrests. The chief became suspicious and reported the matter to the CID who commenced investigation after which the accused was arrested.

The prosecution requested for adjournment of the case to allow for the CID officer to testify and Principal Magistrate, Anthony Mwichigi, gave another hearing date on July 28, 2015.

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