Senior DCIO arrested for abuse of office, corruption

The Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) of the National Police Service (NPS) Friday arrested and detained a senior Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officer at Capitol Hill Police Station.

The arrest of Robert Samoei comes after the Director of Public Prosecutions approved criminal charges against him for abuse of office, corruption and further ordered that he be arrested and charged immediately.

An investigation into Samoei by the IAU was prompted after traders in Emali and Salama complained against him for extortion, harassment and abuse of authority in the year 2021.

The DCIO was at the time working as a DCIO in Mukaa Sub County of Makueni before he was redeployed to DCI Mazingira House.

According to sources in the NPS, investigations revealed that he had registered different Mpesa mobile numbers with a National ID card belonging to his girlfriend and which he used to demand and receive bribery from the public.  

It was further revealed that the said girlfriend was unaware that her ID number was being used by the officer to register a Safaricom line, up until she was called upon to assist with investigations.

Samoei was released on a cash bail of Ksh 10,000 and is set to take a plea on 2nd March 2022 before Makueni Law courts.

The arrest of the DCIO comes barely a week after the IAU arrested and charged a Police Constable, Evans Kemboi, with the offences of assault and malicious damage to property. 

Kemboi who was attached to the Spring Valley Police Station was arraigned before the Milimani Law courts.

The case is due for a pretrial hearing on 3rd March 2022.

  

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