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Nyeri policeman arrested after soliciting bribe

26 February 2014, 19:02 Joseph Mukubwa

Nyeri - A police officer has been arrested in Nyeri town taking a bribe of KES 50,000.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers attached at Nyeri regional officers arrested a police officer who was allegedly found taking a bribe.

The police officer who is attached to Kenya Power offices in Nyeri town normally leads in investigations of transformers vandalism.

He had allegedly demanded a KES 150,000 bribe in order to exonerate one of the alleged suspects.

The alleged suspect was said to have denied the allegations and instead reported the matter to EACC who later laid a trap.

The officer is said to be working with another officer but his partner officer was not present  on the day when the money allegedly exchanged hands.

The complainant ,James Maina, said that the officer showed him a list of the suspects who are alleged to be involved in the vandalism cartel and claimed that his name has been adversely mentioned but since he was innocent, he reported the matter to the EACC officers.

Maina continued narrating that the officer who was accompanied with his colleague continued demanding the KES 150,000 bribe and even threatened the man with his gun.

He finally promised the officer that he had only KES 50,000, which the officer agreed to collect at a Nyeri hotel, this was when the sting operation was set up.

Maina now fears for his life after exposing the vice and called upon the police to offer him security.

The officer has since been locked in unknown police station in Nyeri as investigations get underway.

An official from the EACC regional office in Nyeri said the officer will be arraigned in court soon.

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