Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) detectives apprehended two individuals on Friday for illicitly producing mathematical table covers with four-figure content in Nairobi.
The operation unfolded amid the impending return to school for students following a two-month holiday break.
The two suspects were apprehended while engaging in their activities along Ronald Ngala Street in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).
“As part of the ongoing preparations for the school reopening, DCI detectives have intensified surveillance efforts to combat the proliferation of counterfeit books in the country.
“In an intelligence-led operation, a team of detectives drawn from DCI Headquarters and DCI Central, Nairobi, have arrested two individuals, namely Christopher Muthini Musyoki and Eugine Asunda, at the Soko Plus building, store number A36 along Ronald Ngara Street, while printing Four Figure Mathematical Table Covers,” DCI stated.
Upon further investigation, the officers successfully identified the proprietor of the book printing business.
The detectives traced the store and printing machine owner, Jeremiah Esikumo Opati, who revealed that he had been contracted by Muyela Aluta Samuel. Samuel was subsequently traced and arrested.
The sleuths discovered that Muyela operates a printing store, number 9, in the basement of Rahu House along Mfangano Street.
During the search, a printing machine and templates for Four Figure Mathematical Tables were seized
Further revelations unfolded as it was disclosed that Muyela possessed another establishment, which was subjected to a raid, resulting in the recovery of additional books.
Muyela guided the detectives to another shop situated at Room 28, Manshram Mansion building on the same street, where they recovered over one thousand copies of Four Figure Mathematical Tables lacking covers.
“All the scenes were documented, and the suspects detained pending arraignment,” concluded the official statement.