The NPS disowned the account, noting that Koome does not operate any social media accounts.
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This Facebook account issuing statements as Japhet Koome, the Inspector General of Kenya’s National Police Service, is FAKE.
The account ‘Japheth Koome’ uses a photo of the IG and has been active since November 2022. The account has created posts such as this one, purporting to address the upcoming Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment exercise.
On 3 August 2023, the NPS released a statement disowning the page we are debunking.
According to the agency, Koome does not operate any social media accounts.
“This account is maintained by unscrupulous imposters with criminal intent to defraud unsuspecting Kenyans and the general public. Please note that the Inspector General of Police does not operate any social media accounts,” the NPS said.
PesaCheck looked into a Facebook account issuing statements as Inspector General of Kenya’s National Police Service Japhet Koome and found it to be FAKE.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.
The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.