By Judith Gicobi
After the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) struck the whip in local bars, women who ran drink-spiking synidcates have moved to attracting men on social media rather than recreation joints.
The ladies kidnap the victims and demand ransom from them or their relatives, according to DCI, who exposed the latest scam. The women agree to engage the man, only to have the festivities cut short by a man portraying as their boyfriend.
“They all team up demanding a ransom from the man they lured from social media. In one incident one man was held ransom and forced to lie to his relatives that he had been involved in an accident demanding Ksh100,000 for treatment.
“The man had called his relatives claiming that he had been involved in a road accident and needed Ksh100,000 for treatment,” DCI statement read in part.
The new scam was discovered after a raid on one of their operational residences in Ruaraka, Nairobi. Three ladies suspected of being the masterminds of the new plot, as well as two men suspected of being their accomplices, were captured during the operation.
The arrest happened just one day after Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso declared a statewide crackdown on the drink-spiking ring. He also warned partygoers to be cautious and aware while visiting various entertainment venues.
“Go out and enjoy your drink but be cautious. Just know who you are with.
Go to nice clubs where you are well known rather than just going to random places,” Shioso advised.