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Tinder swindlers prey on naïve Nyeri Polytechnic female students



By Judith Gicobi

In the modern dating world, some people are looking for love, marriage, or casual relationships regardless of where they meet someone; however, others have other intentions.

The Nyeri town resident Velma (not her real name) signed up for the Tinder dating service in the hopes of meeting the love of her life.

She swiped left and right for a while before discovering a match.

She exhaled a sigh of relief when she saw that her match was from Karatina, which is close to Nyeri, as the website links you with prospective mates within your vicinity.

Velma had second thoughts when he showed up in Nyeri town at 8 p.m., but he continued to insist that he was excited to see her and promised to pick her up from her residence in Kamakia estate.

Velma discovered that the car doors were set to child lock during their 10-minute drive to town, preventing her from escaping if her match grew hostile. However, she dismissed the idea.

They decided on a restaurant and placed their food order there. As they waited for their food, her date went to buy a drink.

All appeared to be going according to plan until her date began to receive calls endlessly. He left for a moment, and when he returned, he had taken her phone, saying that his battery was getting low.



He left the table a second time, and that was it. Due to Velma’s phone loss and the fact that she still had to pay for the meals, what was supposed to be a nice romantic date turned sour.

On August 31, a similar incident involving a woman who lost her phone while out on a first date with a man was recorded at the Nyeri police station.

Police indicate an increase in cases of swindlers targeting women in Nyeri and the surrounding areas. Most victims choose not to come forward because of the stigma attached to such crimes.

The police say that it is difficult for them to find the perpetrators since the victims do not know anything about them and because people can make up identities even when doing so online.

They also emphasized the fact that even after reporting the incidents, the victims typically do not follow up.

Steve Oloo, the commander of the Nyeri County Police, warned “lovers” to exercise caution.

When your date, who is ostensibly expected to be concentrating on getting to know you during your first date, begins to be preoccupied on phone calls, it ought to be a red flag that they are acting dishonestly, he cautioned.


Police nab 50,000 bags of subsidised fertiliser and relief food being repackaged in Industrial Area



By Wanja Waweru

Police have detained suspects along Nairobi’s Nanyuki Road who were repackaging fertilizer that was intended for government subsidy,

According to Regional officers Commander Adamson Bungei, officers also seized 1360 bags of rice and 200 bags of corn that were being repackaged together with 50,000 bags of subsidised fertilizer.

He further stated that the matter is being looked into by DCI officers working with police officers.

Four employees have been detained, and after the investigation is complete, they will likely be charged in court.



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Four police officers arrested for allegedly robbing herder of Sh373,000 in Nairobi



By Wanja Waweru

In Kamukunji, four police officers were detained for allegedly robbing a herder of Sh373,000.

William Tongoyo, the victim, had just finished selling meat at Burma Market and was on his way home when he was approached by the officers.

Tongoyo claimed that it appeared as though the officers were aware of the money he was carrying. He was placed in handcuffs after being charged with loitering with the intent to commit a crime.

Tongoyo resisted being taken into custody and expressed concern about his money, which he had stashed in his underwear. His complaints, however, were ineffective since the officers led him to an alley where they frisked and robbed him.

“One of the officers robbed him of the Sh373,000 which he had been paid as proceeds after selling meat of 12 cows at Burma market,” the police said in a statement.

Tongoyo made an effort to pursue the cops, but he was heartbroken when they vanished into the crowd. He reported the event to the Kamukunji Police Station right away, giving a thorough account of his experience and naming the officers responsible.

Doris Kimeli, the commander of the Central Sub-county Police, and investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) organized an unplanned operation in the region.

All patrol officers were ordered to report to a specific area by senior authorities. Tongoyo was brought in to identify the cops, and he knew one of them right away.

Their coworker saw two other officers, and Tongoyo later recognized a fourth officer.

The four cops were transferred to Kamkunji Police Station, where their confessions were recorded, after being disarmed. But there isn’t any noteworthy amount of money was recovered from the suspects.

Nairobi Police Commissioner Adamson Bungei gave the people his word that the situation will be thoroughly examined and dealt with. He described the occurrence as a singular instance that does not represent the entire police force.

“This is not what we are. This is an isolated incident and will be acted on accordingly,” Bungei said.

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Nyeri teen arrested with homemade gun, bhang to be charged



By Wanja Waweru

A 19-year-old guy was detained by police in Nyeri County after being discovered in possession of a handmade gun that could fire and marijuana.

The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that the young man was detained as a result of a tip from the general public.

“Police officers from Munyange Police Station arrested a 19-year-old suspect after he was found in possession of a home-made pistol, stones of cannabis sativa and rolls of the same. He has been remanded in police custody,” the statement read in part.

The NPS also expressed gratitude to the general public for helping to support community police in the battle against crime and illegal narcotics.

A police officer assigned to the General Service Unit (GSU) was also found in possession of a handmade pistol the day before the teen’s arrest.

A failed heist in Kasarani sub-county led to the arrest of Mr. Graham Ndichu Chege, a GSU officer.

On Monday, May 29, 2023, Nairobi News broke the exclusive that the suspect has been on police radar for more than four months.

Officers worried about an armed gang terrorizing people in Kasarani Sub-County knew when, not if, Mr. Chege would be apprehended.

The suspect was being questioned about more robberies that had occurred nearby, according to an investigator with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who is aware of the current inquiries.

“Officers involved in the matter believe that he was the one leading a gang that has been giving the locals in this sub-county a hard time. Plans are also underway to arrest his accomplices,” said the officer, who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to a police report reviewed by this reporter, Mr. Paul Maina said that three individuals on motorcycles and carrying pistols robbed him at gunpoint of his cell phone at the Cooperative area along Kamiti Road.

“Police officers on foot patrol responded very quickly and with the help of bodaboda riders they chased the suspects to Juja Weighbridge where the suspect’s motorcycle developed mechanical problem and Mr Chege was arrested,” the report reads in part.

As a GSU officer assigned to the GSU Headquarters and Transit Section, Mr. Chege then revealed to the officers that he was to them.

When the police searched him, they discovered a makeshift pistol that they claimed might fire.

“A bloodstained broken knife and a motorcycle with registration number KMFH 031U, make Ranger Black, were recovered,” the police report added.

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