Covid millionaires ‘informant’ among 3 arrested over alleged kidnapping

By Kennedy Mwaniki On Thu, 1 Oct, 2020 09:45 | < 1 min read
DCI headquarters
DCI headquarters.

Detectives have arrested three suspects who are said to have kidnapped a director of a technology company while impersonating officials of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRAC).

The suspects, police said, allegedly demanded Sh2 million in bribe from the director of Hi-Tech Enterprise pretending they could stop an alleged tax evasion case.

“Using two Prados registration Numbers GKB 070B and KCY 280Q, the three suspects: Godwins Otieno Agutu, Alex Mutua Mutuku and Ken Gichovi Kimathi alongside three others who are still at large stormed the victim’s offices within Nairobi on September 26, 2020, after which they took his laptop and left,” Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) reported on Wednesday night.

The suspects are said to have appeared again on September 29, 2020, demanding the Sh2 million bribe, and when the victim failed to raise the amount, they forced him into the GKB vehicle and drove off to Lutheran House on Nyerere Road.

They forced the firm director to contact his family members to fundraise the amount but they only got Sh500,000.

Investigations were launched by DCI detectives where the three suspects were nabbed at the said Lutheran House, further establishing that the vehicle registered GKB 070B belonged to a Land Rover Discovery attached to the Judiciary.

Upon interrogations, the first suspect was ascertained to be running a Non-Governmental Organization going by the name, Network Action Against Corruption (NAAC), and that he was working jointly with the suspects who are still at large.

The suspects are allegedly KRA officers, namely Houdouvia Njoroge, Harrison Ochar, and Brian Kimemia.

The arrested suspects were taken to court on Wednesday where the detectives sought five days custodial orders but were granted one day to complete their investigations.

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