Three police constables were arrested Tuesday after demanding an Sh100,000 bribe each from two university students.
The students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and from Daystar University were at the T-M all’s entrance from having lunch at Magharib building just nearby the mall when they were confronted
The two were arrested over alleged bhang possession.
One was then bundled into a white Toyota Vitz while the other was taken into a silver Toyota Premio which had three occupants – one dressed in full jungle uniform and two others in civilian clothes.
The two were held in the said vehicles for more than four hours.
They were forced to call their parents and send one hundred thousand each in order to secure their release or be taken into custody, police say.
One of the victims contacted his mother who came to his rescue. She was asked to hand over Sh100,000 in order to secure her son’s release.
She refused to board the police vehicle and went to a mall to withdraw cash.
At the mall, she spotted officers on patrol and reported the matter, prompting police officers to action.
The officers rushed to where the two motor vehicles were parked and managed to arrest two suspects who were in the Vitz and rescued the student.
The other student was forced to withdraw Sh10,000 he had received from his father from a nearby M-pesa shop in addition to Sh10,000 he already had before he was released.
One student complained of having been assaulted by the suspects.
The officers are identified to be attached to the K9 unit in Lang’ata.
They were detained at Langata police station pending their arraignment, police said.
Police termed the incident isolated and promised severe action against the accused.