Kenyan police on Friday offered 10,000 U.S. dollars bounty for any information that will lead to the arrest of a Kenyan accused of helping terrorists fraudulently acquire identity cards.
The police, who also circulated photos of a person identified as Francis Macharia Karishu, said the suspect operates a business by the name Paste Printers located in downtown Nairobi.
“Initial investigations by the Police indicate that Karishu has been engaging in the illegal business for a long time,” the police said in a report released in Nairobi.
According to police, Karishu processed four fake Kenyan identification cards that were used by two terror suspects, Abdimajit Hassan Adan and Mohamed Nane, who were suspected of planning to carry out a bomb attack in Nairobi.
The two terror suspects – Adan and Nane – were arrested in February in Meriti, Isiolo with a bomb-laden car headed for Nairobi to carry out attacks. The fake identity cards were used by the two to access the country from Somalia.
The police said Karishu’s accomplices in the fake document syndicate Lydiah Nyawira Mburu and John Maina Kiarii have since been arrested and charged with forgery of official documents and facilitating activities of terrorist groups.
“Following the arrest of his accomplices, Karishu closed his business and went into hiding,” said the police and called on the public to report to the nearest police station any information that may lead to Karishu’s arrest.
The terror suspect has been undertaking the illegal business of printing fake identity cards, bank cheques, title deed forms, birth certificates and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education certificates among other things. Enditem