In the wake of increased fuel prices, many have found themselves on the verge of sharing the little resource to fit the basic needs whose values have also shot high, a situation that has left many improvising survival tactics including stealing and cheating.
Cases of siphoning fuel without paying have been on the rise within Nairobi petrol stations with Ola and Shell's stations being targets.
On Friday, at Kibera law courts, a bodaboda rider was arraigned following claims that he obtained 9.2 litres of petrol fuel.
In a charge sheet read out in court, “Bob Atandi Morara obtained the fuel amounting to Ksh1200 on October 28 at a shell petrol station located along Forest Road in Westlands area."
The accused, according to reports, rode into the petrol station to fuel his motorbike and afterwards rode off at a high speed, prompting the attendant to raise the alarm.
Other riders who had qued waiting run after him for the customers gave him a good chase and caught up with him.
The rider was forced to pay for the fuel before being taken to the police station.
Upon his presentation in the court, the accused denied the accusations before Kibera law courts magistrate William Tulel and the case was set for mention on November 12.