Alarm over fake policemen fleecing Embu residents


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Residents of Embu North Sub County are living in fear of gang of robbers impersonating police officers that has been demanding money from businessmen in trading centres in the area.

The residents say that the four-man gang moves around the area in a Toyota Double cabin vehicle and threaten to arrest anyone who fails to cooperate with their demands.

Alfred Mucira, a local businessman, told Citizen Digital that members of the gang accosted him at his premises in Mbuvori and demanded Sh10,000 saying he was operating the shop illegally.

According to Mucira, they told him that if he failed to comply they would arrest him and he would be arraigned in court.

“The gang stole an unknown amount of money that was made in sales that day,” said Mucira adding that the gang did not have any identification documents, guns or handcuffs as is common with police officers.

“They accused us of failing to pay taxes and county government fees,” he added.

Another local businessman, Peter Murimi, narrated that the men visited his shop and ‘arrested’ his younger brother and drove around with him before going back to the shop a few minutes later to ransack the premises, after which he gave them the Sh10,000 they demanded.

“The fake policemen also took our sales for the day,” he said.

Confirming the incident, Embu North OCPD James Karisa said police have launched investigations to establish the whereabouts of the gang.

Karisa said that the gang was impersonating CID officers and called upon the residents to be vigilant and avoid giving money to anyone.

He said that police on patrol use official police vehicles and that those arrested should demand to be taken to the police station.

The police boss urged residents to volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of the gang.

By Antony Ndwigah

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