Two senior cops charged with bribery in Nyahururu

Two senior cops charged with bribery in Nyahururu

Two sub county police commanders were on Tuesday arraigned at a Nyahururu court and charged with corruption.

The two are Sub County Police Commander Likoni Jane Kavutha and Nyandarua West Deputy Sub County Commander Ephraim Karani.

They appeared before Nyahururu Chief Magistrate Judith Wanjala and denied the charges.

They had been arrested last week in Nyeri at the EACC Regional Headquarters.

According to the charge sheet, the duo solicited money from two residents on December 13, 2018 when they were both serving in South KInangop, Nyandarua County.

At the time, their designations were Officer commanding Division (OCPD) and District Administration Police Commander (DAPC) respectively.

The court heard that the two demanded the Ksh. 500,000 bribe as an inducement to effect an eviction order validly issued by a court against illegal occupants of a private property.

They are also alleged to have demanded a Ksh. 300,000 bribe from one Joyce Wachuka so as not to effect another court order.

Their lawyer Chege Gakuhi argued that there was no substantive evidence to show that the two received the bribe.

The magistrate released them on cash bail of Ksh. 200,000 each or a Ksh. 500,000 bond.

The case will be mentioned on March 23, 2021.

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