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Fake policeman pleads guilty to impersonation, possession of handcuffs

By Joseph Ndunda January 24th, 2023 2 min read

A police imposter who was arrested with a pair of handcuffs inside a church in Nairobi has pleaded guilty to charges of impersonation.

Mr Felix Odhiambo Ohuru was charged at Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi with presenting himself as a senior superintendent of police contrary to section 105 (b) of the penal code.

He is also charged with possession of public stores contrary to section 324 (2) of the penal – having possession of items whose use is limited to officers of the disciplined services – after he was found with handcuffs.

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Mr Ohuru was arrested at the Winners Chapel along Likoni Road in Industrial Area in Nairobi on Sunday January 22, 2023. At the time of the arrest he was found to be in possession of a pair of handcuffs reasonably suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

He told the security guards at the church that he is a senior superintendent of police attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) – Nairobi area headquarters and presented a fake certificate of appointment.

The security guards detained him and called officers at the nearby Balonzi Police Post who interrogated the suspect before arresting him.

The accused person was entering the church with other congregants when a hawk-eyed security guard spotted the handcuffs hanging from his waist and he was called to the security office.

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He was asked to produce his certificate of appointment for identification when he produced the fake certificate of appointment and police were called in. The officers searched him and recovered the fake certificate of appointment, a bunch of keys, the handcuffs and a national identity card.

After he was arrested, the suspect was taken to South B Police Station as investigations commenced.

Mr Ohuru admitted the charges before Makadara Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia. He was remanded until January 30, 2023 when he will be sentenced after the certificate of appointment and the handcuffs are presented in court as exhibits.

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