Traffic police officers nabbed receiving bribes in Kilifi
17 June 2015, 10:59
Kilifi - Two senior traffic police were on Monday nabbed by the Ethics and anti-corruption officers taking bribes from motorists at Mavueni area in Kilifi along the Mombasa-Malindi road.
The officers engaged the EACC officers in running battles along the Mavueni road during the 3 pm incident.
Drama erupted as the officers fled into the bushes, forcing the EACC officers to follow suit.
The officers were arrested and taken to the EACC offices in Malindi where they were grilled for hours by the EACC officers before being escorted to Malindi police station.
The Ethics an Anti-corruption deputy Director in charge of upper coast, George Ojowi confirmed that the arrested officers were found with cash of different denominations ranging from KES 50 100 to KES 200 notes.
Ojowi said they conducted the operation after receiving a call from a member public who had reported that the officers were collecting bribes from motorists.
“My officers ambushed the officers at the said roadblock and managed to arrest them,” said Ojowi.
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He however called upon members of the public to provide information to the police to help curb increased cases of bribery among police officers in the region.
The deputy director said the arrest was a big milestone since their offices were just opened last week, and commended the public for their co-operation that led to the successful arrest.
Ojowi confirmed that his office had received 13 reports of police officers and other government officials in the counties of Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River, which he said are still under investigation.
“Once we are done with the investigations, we shall reveal the names of those who will be found to have infringed the law for further action,” said Ojowi.
The assistant director also confirmed that EACC was also investigation a series of land grabbing cases in the LAPSSET project.
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