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How an attempted robbery with violence by three police officers was thwarted

Three police officers were on Tuesday arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts after being arrested for an alleged attempted robbery with violence at a forex bureau in Nairobi CBD.

Police made an application to detain them for seven days before charging them officially as they complete with their investigations. Chief Magistrate Bernard Ochoi will rule on Wednesday on the application.

Drama started on Monday along Mama Ngina Street after three of the four police officers were arrested as they tried to rob two men who had just withdrawn Sh2 million from the bank in broad daylight.

According to police report, the four officers targeted Hassan Omar, an employee of Afro Forex Bureau, together with one Mohammed Hassan, who had gone to Absa Bank along Mama Ngina Street where they withdrew the cash around 11am.

The two, while along Standard Street, were confronted by the four men who identified themselves as police officer, said that they were arresting Hassan for an offense they did not disclose.

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At the time, Hassan was the one carrying the bag that contained the money. But the two raised an alarm which attracted the nearby security guards and Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) officers who were guarding the nearby Dahabshil Forex Bureau.

They rushed to the scene and one of the security guards from Afro Forex Bureau, together with the manager, immediately took the bag containing the money to the forex bureau for safe custody.

Regardless, the four officers went ahead and arrested the two and bundled then into a white Toyota Premio of registration number KBZ 036B. The four claimed that they were taking the duo to the DCI headquarters.

Later, the owners of the forex bureau reported the matter to the police leading to the interception of the said vehicle and the occupants in Muthaiga.

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The three officers were arrested are Sgt Daniel Wambua, Constable Stanley Mohammed Gitonga of DCI Kasarani, Corporal Eliud Bor who is attached to Kenyan Union office at Gigiri.

The fourth officer was identified as Sgt Nicholas Murira attached to Mugutha Police Station, Juja sub-county. He is reported to have been with the trio at the scene but was not found in the car at the time of the arrest.

The officers were escorted to Nairobi area DCI offices for interrogation and later to Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officer (SCCIO) Central for further police action.

Upon being searched the officers were found in possession of a Jericho pistol s/no 40305526 with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition and one Gillboa s/no kn-0387 with 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

The officers were all placed in custody for the offence of attempted robbery with violence. The motor vehicle they were using is detained at the regional police headquarters in the Nairobi area.

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