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Five security officers arrested near KCB ATM in Machakos

Detectives recovered Sh260,000, prisons beret

In Summary

• The incident was reported to the Machakos police station and recorded under OB: 78/09/10/2019.

• The incident was confirmed by Machakos county police commander John Muiruri.

Machakos police station
Machakos police station
Image: GEORGE OWITI

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is probing an incident in which five police officers were arrested in unclear circumstances in Machakos county on Tuesday night.

The suspects, according to police sources, were nabbed from a private car a few metres from an ATM belonging to KCB in Machakos town at around 11pm.

The incident was reported to the Machakos police station and recorded under OB: 78/09/10/2019 at 11.30pm.

"Yesterday at around 11pm, a distress call was received from a security guard manning a KCB bank in Machakos. He alleged that there were suspicious persons at the bank’s ATM," said the source on condition of anonymity.

The incident was confirmed by Machakos county police commander John Muiruri.

According to the source, officers at the station responded to the distress and rushed to the scene where they arrested the suspects who turned out to be their colleagues from different departments.

They were police officers Richard Wambua, Boniface Wambua, Cyprian Odundo, and warders Julius Mwalili and Musyoki Mutua.

A Toyota Noah which was at the time of arrests driven by Mwalili was impounded.

"The arrested officers were found outside a KCB ATM in unclear circumstances. Upon conducting a search, Sh100,000 was recovered from the vehicle’s dashboard and another Sh168,600 from Mwalili," the officer added.

The money had been hidden inside the cop’s socks, he failed to account for it. The detectives also recovered prisons beret. The five were locked up at the Machakos police station as investigations continue.

(Edited by F'Orieny)