The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Boda Boda Naivasha

Police in Naivasha are holding four suspects who were caught conning farmers outside a Naivasha bank. Two members of the gang escaped.

The gang was mainly targeting women on the Kenyatta Avenue. They were promising to double the money of their victims up with them.

One of the suspects admitted conning members of the public. His three colleagues however said they were lost and they were asking for direction when they were arrested.

But one of thier victims, Zipporah Wanjiku Ng'anga, said two men stopped her on Kenyatta Avenue and pretended they were asking for direction. She said after a short conversation, they told her they could double the money she had.

Wanjiku said a a third man joined them and promised more cash if they recited a certain prayer.

"The wanted me to leave behind my handbag and go and pray for two minutes in a corner. They told me I would find my handbag full of cash," she said.

Police arrested the suspects after a tip-off from members of the public.

"We do not use violence but our brains to get money from members of the public who do hand over their cash easily," he said.

A senior police officer said the suspects were part of a cartel moving from one town to another conning people.

"The four will be arraigned in court charged with various offences and we warn members of the public to be wary of suspicious people outside banks," said the officer.

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