Four police officers arrested over robbery with violence in Tassia, Nairobi, Kenya

Crime.jpgFour police officers were Wednesday arrested over claims of robbery on a businessman in Tassia, Nairobi.

The officers attached to Kayole police division are accused of abducting, torturing and robbing a clinical officer of Sh291,000 on December 12. Also held is a taxi driver who drove them around the city as the ordeal occurred.

Police said they are looking for five other officers who were mentioned in the saga.

They were arrested by officers from Special Crimes Prevention Unit who had been investigating the claims of robbery in the area. The officers detained the clinical officer in their car at the local police station and demanded the money before Sh261,000 was first paid in cash and a further Sh30,000 sent through M-pesa.

Police say the officers are expected in court to face charges of robbery with violence, abduction and unlawful arrest.

Head of the unit Mr Pius Gitari said the victim had identified the officers and narrated his ordeal.

“Investigations into the issue are ongoing and appropriate action will be taken on the suspects,” he said.

Cases of police being involved in crime are on the rise with more arrests and prosecutions following.

Meanwhile, 167 senior officers have been moved in changes within the service. The officers are of the ranks of Chief Inspector and Inspector. Majority of them are Officers Commanding Station (OCS) and their deputies and those in charge of traffic operations.

This came ahead of planned major changes in the service as a new command structure is set to be unveiled at various levels.

Already all Administration Police Service (APS) camps at Chiefs’ offices and not near police stations are being transformed into police posts following the president’s directive to merge police units on September 13.