Armed robbers posing as police officers are on the prowl in Nairobi, police say.
The gunmen, some believed to be serving and rogue former police officers, usually in civilian clothes and driving unmarked cars, are mainly targeting motorists in residential estates.
According to police, Parklands has been the worst hit in the last one week.
Thursday morning, a woman motorist and her friend were carjacked along Parklands’ Mutama road by three armed men posing as police officers, Nairobi deputy county commander Moses Ombati said.
The robbers forced their victim into a car and drove away with her to the city centre, where they forced her to transfer Sh23,000 from her Mpesa account. They robbed her of other valuables, including ATM cards, then dumped her in Embakasi.
Along the same road, last Wednesday, another female motorist was robbed of her vehicle by three men armed with pistols.
As she was being attacked, another gang of four armed men, driving in a white Toyota Fielder car, were also robbing students of the Kenya School of Law in Karen.
On Tuesday, a motorist was robbed of US$11,000 (Sh935,000) by three armed men, also posing as police officers. The attackers, armed with pistols and carrying police radios stopped Mr Nicholas Ng’ang’a along the Kiserian-Ongata Rongai road.
They forced him into their car and drove away with him to Matasia, where they robbed him of the cash.
According to victims’ accounts to police, the gang is made up of mainly young clean-shaven men in their late 30s and early 40s and of average build.
Flying Squad boss Munga Nyale on Wednesday said that they had clues and the gang would soon be eliminated. “It is a question of time before we arrest them,” he said.
On Monday at around noon, a businessman was robbed of Sh1.3 million at Westlands.
He had collected the cash from his petrol stations and was going to the bank along Woodvale Groove when he was confronted by three men with a white Toyota Fielder car, who introduced themselves as police officers.
They forced him into the vehicle and drove away with him to Kilimani, through Kileleshwa, where they dumped him after robbing him of the cash.
In Westlands on Saturday, two armed men raided a vehicle spare parts shop and robbed the owner of Sh145,000. As they were leaving, a guard tried to close the gate but the gunmen shot him in the forehead and killed him.
Several cases have also been reported in other parts of the city in the last few months. In September, three businessmen were abducted in Kitengela, assaulted and robbed of Sh400,000 by robbers posing as police officers.
Although police uniform is an important identity for every patrol officer, some investigations must be conducted in plain clothes. Police are warning the public to never let anyone in their homes without verifying who they are.