January 27, 2023
Kenyan Police Indict Notorious Officers Who Extort Nigerians, Other Foreigners
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Kenyan Police Indict Notorious Officers Who Extort Nigerians, Other Foreigners

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The Kenyan police authorities have reportedly indicted a notorious police officer identified as Diba, who alongside other colleagues had been accused of extortions, abduction and enforced disappearance of foreign nationals in the country.

Diba with other rogue officers had reportedly extorted $850 from a Nigerian and some had their passports stolen. He was accused of planting drugs in the apartments of their victims after the abduction to extort huge amounts of money from them.

If they refused, the person would be jailed and deported.

There had been reports of the atrocities of the Kenyan police against some Nigerian nationals based in Kenya.

Several Nigerians had been arrested by the Kenyan police and their whereabouts were unknown without accountability.

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The arrest of Diba was sequel to the abduction of two Nigerian nationals based in Kenya on June 11, 2022. They were allegedly smuggled into a car with the Kenyan government plate number while on their way to Mtwapa Mall.

The two affected Nigerians are one Anthony Anamonye and Emmanuel.

The rogue officer, Diba alongside his team in crime had requested for the sum of $3,000 from the two Nigerian citizens, but unfortunately, his request was turned down.

At gun point, he forced them into the car, drove them to the residence of one of Nigerian nationals, Anthony Anamonye.

It was gathered that after searching the house of the young Nigerian without a search warrant, they could not find anything; the officers became furious and consequently drove the two Nigerians to the Police Station in Mtwapa town, Kilifi County.

The two Nigerians were kept incommunicado under harsh treatment until one of them, Emmanuel decided to pay ransom of 850 US dollars before being released having spent over 24 hours in the police custody.

Anamonye who refused to pay ransom was however, released after two days in the pretext of cash bail of 30,000 KSH through the intervention of a lawyer.

Not satisfied after he was not charged to court nor had his cash bail refunded, petitioned the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, who intervened and got his money refunded.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), is a state agency with powers to investigate complaints against police, at the Mombasa Regional Office.

Feeling dissatisfied with the manner in which the IPOA initially handled the complaints, and given the fact that the IPOA willingly concealed the identity of four officers who had robbed Anthony and had him assaulted to coma, Mr. Anamonye sought the legal route to justice.

Following his petition to Kenyan High Court, the IPOA now made a recommendation to the National Police Service to have the rogue officer, Diba investigated which outcome led to interdiction, Anamonye said on Friday.

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