The Directorate Of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has finally distanced itself from a social media account that currently enjoys mass following with thousands of followers, as not run by the department.
Cautioning the general public through its verified Twitter handle, the DCI not that it does not run an Instagram account, hence noting that such accounts are fake and misleading.
The Statement set the record straight that the department only operates a verified Twitter account and a Facebook account.
“The DCI wishes to Caution members of the public of the numerous social media accounts especially on Facebook and Instagram that purport to be official sites for the DCI. Kindly note that the DCI DOES NOT operate any Instagram account, hence all such pages are Misleading and Fake. The only official social networking sites currently run by the DCI are Facebook (Directorate of Criminal Investigations – DCI), Twitter (DCI_Kenya) with the blue verified badge and YouTube (DCI Kenya),” the statement read.
The DCI wishes to Caution members of the public of the numerous social media accounts especially on Facebook and Instagram that purport to be official sites for the DCI. Kindly note that the DCI DOES NOT operate any Instagram account, hence all such pages are Misleading and Fake. pic.twitter.com/mej6p5LCSZ
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) September 3, 2021
The statement also clarified that the Director George Kinoti does not operate any official social media page, adding that such pages and accounts bearing his name and photographs are fake.
It further cautioned the public top avoid divulging information an be very cautious while reveling details of reports they may wish to DM in their inbox.
“Further, the Director, DCI George Kinoti does not operate any personal social media account, and hence all such personal accounts bearing his name and photos are equally Fake. Whereas we have on various occasions reported and blocked similar fake accounts while effecting arrests of admins that went ahead to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, we warn netizens to exercise caution especially before revealing details of reports they may wish to DM in our inbox,” the statement cautioned.
This comes months after John Kimani the man who got netizens talking about the creative tweets posted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) was featured in in Washington post with his tweets likened to a crime novel.
“…the language only becomes more florid, even Shakespearean,” the American daily newspaper said.
It further describes Kimani’s writing as ‘titillating’ and with a ‘penchant for scandal’.
The official DCI Twitter account currently has slightly over 800,000 followers and the recent change of tact in using engaging language seems to have elicited more followers.
During his interview with the Washington Post, Kimani said: “What I’ve learned is that people want thrills. You must feed your followers. That’s how the word gets out.”