Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested a teacher in Kiambu County on Friday for allegedly selling counterfeit papers for the upcoming KCSE exams.
Nicholas Ngumbau Kalewa, who nicknamed himself ‘Mr. Examiner,’ is a Christian Religious Education (CRE) teacher at St. Lilian Academy in Gikambura village, Kiambu County.
His arrest came about as a result of a well-laid trap set by the DCI.
Ngumbau had devised a sophisticated network to engage with potential customers, aiming to profit from his scheme.
He operated through ten separate WhatsApp and Telegram accounts, through which he offered the fake papers, complete with the option to obtain them upon payment.
Each examination paper was available for purchase at a rate of Sh1,500. For an extra Sh500, buyers could obtain the paper along with its corresponding marking scheme.
“Mr Examiner had opened over 10 WhatsApp and Telegram accounts where he was hawking the fake exam papers at a partly Ksh1,500 per paper and Ksh2,000 for a complete examination paper with its marking scheme,” disclosed the DCI.
Initially, the suspect seemed to operate smoothly, even cautioning parents and students not to engage in unrelated discussions that might disrupt his operations.
Using the tactics of a typical con artist, he advised the over 900 parents and students in his group not to divert the conversation from the primary business of purchasing papers.
Detectives got wind of Mr Ngumbau’s illicit activities and infiltrated his network and distribution channels, assuming the roles of eager students seeking exam materials.
Unaware that he was under surveillance, Ngumbau conducted his illicit trade, arranging transactions solely with those who showed genuine interest, including the undercover detectives. He was curt in his responses to anyone who veered off-topic from the day’s business.
A manhunt for the suspect followed immediately, resulting in his apprehension in Gikambura village, Kiambu County.
During the arrest, several SIM cards believed to have been utilised in the fraudulent scheme were obtained.