Lawyer Nabbed in Ksh900K Bribery Trap Set by Police

Sim cards seized by DCI after apprehending suspects on Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • A lawyer was caught red-handed offering a Ksh 900,000 bribe to detectives based in Kasarani, Nairobi on Thursday, August 13.

    The attorney was arrested while trying to secure the illegal release of five suspects arrested on Wednesday, August 12. 

    The five suspects, Samuel Githinji Njenga, Wilson Mugo Githinji,  James Gitonga Maina, John Ngotho Kariuki and Ian Mbogo Kamau had been arrested with over 2,100 registered and unregistered subscriber lines.

    The practising advocate was apprehended following an attempt to convince the Investigations Officer to release the suspects of Electronic Fraud without charges.

    Sim cards seized by DCI after apprehending suspects on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    They were also found to be in possession of five mobile phones and five laptops.

    Their lawyer landed himself in trouble after appearing with the mouth-watering offer while the five were being processed for arraignment.

    “The amount which was in Ksh 1,000 denomination has been documented by the Scenes of Crime personnel and kept as an exhibit,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) tweeted.

    The attorney was placed in custody and will face charges for several offences under the Bribery Act and the Penal Code.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, August 13, stated that he would put an end to phone scammers, especially those based in Kamiti Maximum Prison. 

    Speaking at the 44th Prisons Pass-out Parade at Prisons Staff Training College, Ruiru, the head of state noted that the correctional facilities had acquired equipment to nab the perpetrators.

    He stated that a number of prisons in the country had enhanced surveillance systems on the inmates with signal jammers and CCTV cameras to monitor their activities.

    On Sunday, August 12, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team nabbed notorious fraudsters in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) in a systemic crackdown of conmen. 

    The fraudsters were posing as Mobile Service Providers and Pay TV employees to solicit money from unsuspecting Kenyans.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), revealed that the fraudsters used a range of merchandise including electronic goods and laptops they purported to be promoting or selling.

    An image of fraudsters being arrested
    A screengrab of a CCTV footage showing notorious fraudsters being arrested in Nairobi CBD on Sunday, August 2.

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