Five police officers and a taxi driver have been arrested in Nairobi for the abduction and extortion of a Chinese national, working for the Standard Gauge Railway. The group tried to extort Sh 1m (just under USD $10,000) over claims the worker was in the country on an invalid visa. He has since been freed.

From Nairobi News


It has been alleged that the police officers, who were arrested on Friday night, kidnapped a Chinese national, who is a Standard Gauge Railway worker, and demanded up to Sh1 million in ransom.

Nairobi police boss, Japheth Koome, while speaking to Nairobi News said the six are being held at a city police station awaiting to be arraigned in court on Monday.

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From the Star

Five police officers arrested over alleged foreigner ‘kidnap’

The five officers, two attached to Kiambu Quick Response Team, two regular police officers from the Kenya Railways police headquarters, Nairobi, and one AP from Kaloleni were nabbed at Muthaiga police station while allegedly detaining the victim.

Also arrested is the civilian, who is alleged to be the driver of the Probox taxi cab, that was used to ferry the victim to the station. Three immigration officials, whose identities are yet to be ascertained, are said to have fled when the police arrived.

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From Standard Digital

Five Kenya policemen and civilian arrested over claims of kidnapping and extorting Chinese

The family of the Chinese reported the matter to Thika police station before a team was dispatched to Nairobi and arrested the six at Muthaiga police station where they had driven to on realizing they were being trailed. 

Officials said the suspects were operating in two vehicles while making calls to the family and friends of the victim before the matter was reported to police. 

It was then that a team trailed them from Jogoo Road, City Centre and to Muthaiga police station where they drove to and tried to book the Chinese on claims he was in Kenya illegally. At that time, the Thika team arrived and declared their interests before the five and the taxi driver were arrested. 

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