A senior police officer based in Mombasa has come to the rescue of a 27-year-old woman who had been stranded in Mombasa for two days alongside her four-year-old minor after efforts to trace her Facebook boyfriend failed.
The officer who declined to be named said he came to the rescue of Sara Wangui after learning of her plight through K24 Digital.
He paid for her transport back to Rongai where she now claims to be home and gave her some pocket money.
“I learnt of her story on K24 Digital and l immediately contacted my juniors on her whereabouts where police investigations established that she had been lured by yet another man in parts of Utange after a man who had picked her from Likoni police station with the promise of helping her abandoned her in areas of Shanzu after declining his sexual advances,” he said.
Following the move, the senior officer ordered the OCS at Bamburi police station to rescue Wangui.
The OCS later recorded her statement before escorting her to Mombasa bus terminus where she boarded a bus back to Nairobi.
Wangui who was unable to control her tears said that she had received numerous calls from men before receiving a call from the senior cop who enquired about her plight.
“Men were only taking advantage of me after they read my story. l got so many calls from men who had shown interest in funding my trip back home on condition l offer them sex,” Wangui stated.
Wangui arrived in Mombasa on Friday to meet her lover only known as Tom whom she had met on Facebook.
According to Wangui, Tom was working as a police officer at Likoni police station and had borrowed Ksh85,000 from her to facilitate the construction of rental houses which would become their source of livelihood after they get married.
“Now that l have realized he is not a police officer and the person he has been impersonating as an officer works in Garissa, l only want to see him and enquire how he will refund my money,” she said
Mombasa county police commander Stephen Matu issued a stern warning to criminals posing as police officers online and asked netizens to be careful while dealing with strangers.
“Let us all be careful with whoever we choose to engage with on these platforms,” he said.
He further noted that police had kicked off investigations in relation to the victim’s matter.