Mike Sonko's impersonator arrested

• Sonko had lodged his complaint at Capital Hill Police Station.

• He alleged to be working with the Sonko Rescue Team

Mike Sonko's impersonator Newton Paul Kengere arrested

A 29-year-old man impersonating former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has been arrested.

Newton Paul Kengere was arrested in Kisii's Riokindo Ward within the Kenyenya sub-county, where the handset he had been using to send enticing messages to vulnerable targets and several sim cards were also recovered.

Paul had obtained thousands of shillings from unsuspecting members of the public in an educational loan advance bluff and has been arrested by detectives.

According to the DCI via their socials, Sonko had lodged his complaint at Capital Hill Police Station.

He had reported several Facebook accounts that were being operated by the suspect, who purported to be working with the Sonko Rescue Team and coordinating an initiative to help needy parents with school fees challenges.

Paul went ahead to author messages that required interested persons to register with Sh1,000 for the advance loans which he said, would not accumulate any interest.

To secure a loan, "applicants" had to also send their ID numbers, full names, location, and state of the purpose.

However, after receiving the registration fees, Kengere would shift briskly from a persistent caller to the aphoristic, "Patience pays".

That statement was all his targets would make of their Sh1,000.DCI Nairobi Area Crime Research and Intelligence Unit team which traced him to his village is processing him before his arraignment on Friday, Jan 19.

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