City detectives were on Thursday caught escorting a lorry carrying contraband goods suspected to have been imported from Uganda.
The vehicle was intercepted police officers manning a road block in Limuru, Kiambu county.
Police officers at the road block were shocked when three detectives introduced themselves, saying that they had arrested the lorry and were taking it to Dagoretti police station.
The three detectives, Daniel Rongei, Wycliffe Imbuga and Samson Mohenga, asked the officers to clear the barricade on the road and let the lorry pass.
The police officers consulted with their superior who gave instructions that they were not to release the lorry until they had established what it was transporting.
The lorry was eventually taken to Tigoni police station.
An officer privy to the matter hinted to Nairobi News that the police at the road block suspected the detectives were working in cohorts with the truck driver.
“Officers suspected that the three were working in cohorts with the truck driver and would eventually let them go,” said the officer who spoke in confidence.
At the station, a search was conducted on the lorry and it was established that it was ferrying non-customed beer that comprised of “109 crates of Guinness, 73 crates of Tusker Lager and 20 crates of Tusker Lite all containing beer with Ugandan label without any clearance from KRA, which was destined to Nairobi.”
The driver of the lorry, identified as Mr Onesmus Musyoki Kwinga, and his helper Joseph Mwikamba Mukima are being detained at Tigoni police station as investigations continue.
Nairobi News has established that rogue detectives have been facilitating the transportation of contraband goods into the country and get paid for it.
BYPASS ROAD BLOCKS
According to a police source, police officers have been getting commissions for providing security and assisting trucks carrying illegal stuff bypass road blocks.
“It is something that has been ongoing for long now where sleuths say they have arrested a truck carrying illegal stuff but never hear the cases again,” said the source.
On Sunday, three detectives were disarmed in Kitengela after they were found escorting a lorry that was carrying ethanol.
A standoff ensued at the roadblock with the detectives claiming that they had arrested the driver of the truck and were taking him to Nairobi where he was expected to record a statement.
“The detectives use the same trick every time they approach roadblocks… this business of transporting ethanol has been in existence for long enough,” said the source.
Investigations on the matter are ongoing.
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