Two police officers were arrested after they allegedly attempted to carjack a taxi driver in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area.
The two were in civilian when they were intercepted and taken to custody.
This was after one of them had taken control of the car and crashed at the Kilimanjaro Roundabout in Eastleigh at about 1 am.
The taxi driver told police he had dropped a client in Mathare area when the two officers jumped into the car and asked to be dropped in Pangani in the city.
On the way, while headed to the said destination the two forced the driver to stop and later took control of the car.
According to the driver, he was forced to take the back seat. But on reaching in Eastleigh, the new driver lost control of the car before it crashed at a roundabout barrier.
Witnesses said the two officers tried to escape from the scene but were intercepted by officers who were on patrol and members of the public who responded to the screams of the driver.
The two were found to be officers from Quarry police post in Embakasi and Muthaiga police station respectively.
They have been sacked.
This is the latest incident in which police officers are involved in crime. Last week, two police officers were shot dead by their colleagues in foiled robbery incidents in the city.
In other crime news, a suspected thug was yesterday shot dead at the Southern bypass in Nairobi in a botched robbery on the busy road. The man was among a gang that had been waylaying motorists and pedestrians at a stretch near Lenana School and robbed them of valuables.
The body was moved to the mortuary as police vowed to intensify patrols in the area.
Also, a man was at the weekend arrested and more than 600 empty gas cylinders seized in a police operation in Syokimau area, Nairobi.
The officers also seized two lorries that were carrying the cylinders of different brands and companies.
The cylinders are believed to have been set for refilling with counterfeit gas. Officials from the anti-counterfeit agency were present during the operation.