Two Nyeri traffic police officers arrested while collecting bribes from motorists

Two Nyeri-based traffic police officers were arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives who found them extorting money from motorist at Classic area along Nyeri-Othaya road.

According to EACC Central Regional Director, Jackson Mue, the two, a police constable and a corporal attached to Nyeri Central Traffic Base, were arrested following numerous bribery complaints from motorists involving traffic police officers.

The 7am incident caused a stir as the officers struggled with the EACC detective to avoid arrest with members of public who had gathered to witness the unfolding drama lauding the move.

Mue said they managed to recover money in denominations of Shs.100 and Shs.50 notes from the officers who would be arraigned before court early next week upon completion of investigations.

Speaking in his office on Thursday evening, Mue said some of their detectives sustained injuries following the scuffle and sought treatment at various health facilities.

A matatu driver plying the route who sought anonymity said every public service vehicle must make a stopover at the checkpoint and part with at least Sh.50 before being allowed to proceed.

By 2 pm, the cops whose names were yet to be released were still holed up at the EACC offices in a bid to have their statements recorded.

However, the process according to a source at the commission’s office was very slow as the allegedly hostile suspects refused to cooperate.

The detectives had to seek the intervention of their heads to get vital information from the suspects’ files as they had literary refused to divulge any information.

The two officers were later booked in at Central Police Station with a possibility of being released on police bonds awaiting arraignment in court.

Source: Kenya News Agency