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Officer arrested for taking bribes

By | March 23rd 2012


Kilifi County

A policeman is being held by officers from the Anti-Corruption Unit on claims that he received a bribe from people suspected to be involved in making fake money.

Police sources say the officer is said to have demanded Sh28,000 from the suspects before they could be released.

A senior officer from Kilifi Police Station confirmed a case had been reported to their officers, but said they were investigating the issue to establish the truth.

"We have reports that an officer attached to Kilifi Police Station was arrested by officers from the Anti-Corruption Unit but we have not gathered enough facts to support the allegations," said the source who asked not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the Press.

The source indicated that the accused officer is said to have gone to the police station and negotiated with the suspects on how they could be released without going to court.

The suspects, however, pleaded with him that they could only raise Sh12,000 and not the Sh28,000 he was demanding.

The accused persons promised to give the money to the officer through M-Pesa but instead tipped off the Anti-Corruption officers.

The officers are said to have travelled to Kilifi from Mombasa and nabbed the policeman after he was given treated money.

The source said they could not divulge much since investigations were still ongoing.

"So far we have no tangible evidence to associate the officer with the alleged crime but we are investigating the case and once we get facts we will talk to you. You journalists can also do your own investigation and help us with more facts," said the officer.

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