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Police officer arrested for demanding Sh10,000 bribe from boda boda rider

A police officer was on Friday evening arrested in Meru County for demanding a bribe of Sh10,000 from a boda boda rider. According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the officer was arrested after the rider filed a complaint at their offices.

The officer, who is attached to Mutuati Police Station, Igembe North Sub-County, Meru County, is reported to have flagged down the rider and asked him to prove ownership of the motorbike.

At the moment when he was stopped the rider did not have the documents and the officer said he would impound the motorbike and take it to Mutuati Police Station.

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“The police officer stopped the rider and asked him to prove ownership of the motorbike but he did not have the documents with him. When he later presented ownership documents, the officer said they were not genuine and demanded Sh10,000 bribe to release the detained motorbike,” the police said in a statement.

The incident took place just a day after four police officers were arrested by EACC officials for soliciting bribes from motorists along Outering Road in Nairobi County.

The arrested police officers were found in possession of Sh15,820 largely in denomination of Sh50, Sh100 and Sh200 notes.

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In a statement, EACC said the arrest was made following a series of complaints from motorists and other road users.

After the arrest, the police officers were taken to Integrity Center Police Station where they were interviewed on a Sh10,000 police bail each pending finalization of the remaining aspects of the investigation.

Three of the suspects are attached to Buruburu Police Station while one is attached to Embakasi Police Station.

When Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome assumed office he promised to firmly deal with corruption within the National Police Service (NPS). Mr Koome, said corruption has given police a bad name and therefore must be dealt with.

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