Police issue Sh1m bounty on Nairobi printer helping Al Shabaab get fake IDs

Francis Macharia Karishu [courtesy]

A Kenyan man running a printing business in Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue is on the terror wanted list.

Yesterday, Police issued Sh1 million bounty on the suspect, identified as Francis Macharia Karishu who reportedly operates a business by the name Paste Printers located within Ridges Building along Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue.

He is said to be aiding terrorists to fraudulently acquire Kenyan identity cards.

Security sources say in his business premises, this is where he prints fake identity cards, bank cheques, and fake education certificates among other things.

Karishu is reported to have printed four fake IDs used by two terror suspects who were arrested in February planning a massive bombing attack on the Judiciary, Parliament, KICC and other key government institutions.

According to police, Karishu processed four fake Kenyan IDs that were used by two terror suspects- Abdimajit Hassan Adan and Mohamed Nane, who were planning to carry out a bomb attack in Nairobi.

Abdimajit and Nane were arrested at Merti in Isiolo County in February. They were driving an explosive-ridden Mitsubishi SUV which they planned to use in their terror attack in the city.

Karishu still remains at large and police are appealing to anyone with information about his whereabouts to share it.

Two other printers believed to be Karishu’s accomplices; Lydiah Nyawira Mburu and John Maina Kiarie have been arrested and charged with forgery of official documents contrary to section 351 of the Penal Code.

Nyawira and Kiarie also face additional charges of facilitating activities of terrorist Groups contrary to section 9(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012.