Ex-KDF officer conning residents arrested

Police in Bungoma County have arrested a former Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers who has been conning unsuspecting members of the public thousands of shillings.

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The suspect identified as John Makhanu,43, is alleged to have conned a man and woman KSh 500,000 with the promise of recruiting their children into the Kenya police service.

According to TUKO,  Makhanu  was  arrest on Thursday, November 1, Bungoma South OCPD Patrick Nyangaresi confirmed  the two victims had earlier reported the matter and a file opened.

“Following the incident, we opened the file and took it to Bungoma Law Court where the court issued the warrant of arrest against the suspect. He has been on the run all along but the long arm of the government caught up with him,” said Nyangaresi. The OCPD further said that the suspect had conned one victim KSh 300,000 and another KSh 200,000 pretending he would help their children get placements in the National Police Service.

Makhanu was recruited into the KDF and was deployed to Nyali barracks in Mombasa County after a successful training.

He resigned from the forces in 2008 to pursue personal businesses only to turn out as a conman targeting unsuspecting members of the public. Nyangaresi said the man has been evading police dragnets but detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had been tracking him until he was arrested.

On the night of Wednesday, October 31, curious members of the public spotted the suspect in one of the popular joints in Kanduyi and alerted the police.

“Before our officers arrived the angry members of the public had already nabbed the culprit and frog marched him to Kanduyi AP camp where the CID officers picked and drove him to Bungoma police station,” the police boss said.


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