As the rest Kenyans are observing social distancing due to the novel corona virus pandemic, a rogue police officer is currently on day three of an eight day detention. The police officer is accused of extorting Ksh 20,000 from a Runda motorist one Michael Kidula Mboya.
The police officer of constable rank by the name Mohamed Sirat will be released from custody on March 27,2020 pursuant to a custodial order issued by resident magistrate Rita Orora of Kiambu Law courts.
It is said that the junior police officer arrested the said motorist at Redhill Junction along Limuru Road for overtaking other motorists at a continuous yellow line. After this arrest, Mr Sirat demanded Ksh 20,000 from the motorist in exchange for his freedom.
In a complaint lodged at Gigiri Police Station by Mr. Michael Mboya the motorists stated that, after the arrest, Mr. Sirat escorted him to the Village Market Shopping Mall where he withdrew Ksh 20,000 from a NCBA Bank ATM lobby and handed it to him. After the transaction, Mr. Sirat gave the motorist a fake cash bail receipt of the said amount. It is this document that occasioned Mr Mboya to lodge an official complain. According to the motorist, the document was an oxymoron as it directed him to appear at the Milimani Law courts on Tuesday March 24, 2020 while at the back it was written “Do not go to court,forgiven”.
In the criminal court proceedings conducted at Kiambu Law courts, resident magistrate Rita Orora ordered law enforcement to detain the police officer at Muthaiga Police Station for a period of eight days so as to allow the police investigations to conclude.
The custodial orders had been sought by Mr. Gideon Kamitu, an Inspector of Police based at Gigiri Police Station . In his custodial order application, Mr Kamitu informed the court that after getting a description of Mr. Sirat, he arrested the said officer of police service number 101895 at his home (House No. 5, Block 12) where he was found in possession of the said amount of money.
Mr Kamitu also informed the court that he had not done conclusive investigation as he still needed to review a CCTV footage from a bank in Village Market Mall as well as the victim’s bank statements. Furthermore, he opposed handing over Mr. Sirat bail opining that he was a flight risk who was likely to flee into Somalia through Garissa. In conclusion, he asked the court to detain Mr. Sirat at a police station which was preferably not his work station.
Mr Mohamed Sirat, who is attached at Gigiri Police Station, protested Mr. Kamitu’s application categorically stating that he wished to be detained at Gigiri Police Station. He also dissented with the learned Magistrate’s ruling and demanded an appeal at a High court.
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