Court orders 15 fake gold syndicate suspects detained

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,14TH MAY 2019-The high court on Tuesday ordered, Fifteen suspects who were arrested on Monday in connection with a fake gold syndicate in Nairobi’s kileleshwa area   to be detained for  one more week to give police time to conclude the investigations.

When the accused where  arraigned in court  the prosecution sought for more time to conclude investigations.

In a miscellaneous application, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officer Dan Owino, told the court more time was needed to establish the nationalities of three of the suspects; Abouma Famous, Salim Ali Abubakar and Albert Likole Lokunda.

The other suspects  are ; Tom Okoth,Philip Nahashon Naulu, Maxwell Oyuga Oduor,  Peter Omondi Onyach, Jalang’o Abdala Okoth, Annangton Modishia, William Otieno Onyango, Govhi Otieno Paul, Michael Ochieng, Cynthia Githinji, Joyce Akinyi, Faith Nzisa Nyamai.

He further told the court that detectives are pursuing more suspects who are believed to be at large as well as obtain elimination prints to establish the suspects movements.

“The intelligence report indicates that apart from the offences we are planning to prefer against the respondents, they are engaging in cyber related crimes within and outside the country hence put our country at risk,” reads the application.

The investigators also said they were  yet to confirm the genuineness of the metal bar alleged to be gold that were recovered in the respondents’ office on Kaputei road in Valley Arcade, Nairobi.

The suspects were arrested in a rented stand-alone house on Kaputei road in Valley Arcade, Nairobi, where fake gold was also discovered.

The consignment bearing Ghanian custom papers was stuffed in metallic boxes and their weight had been altered using cement.

Detectives  also managed to find  Eight vehicles belonging to the suspects bearing fake number plates  during the raid.

The vehicle are  Two Toyota Axios,  One Toyota Crown, One Honda Insight, One Toyota Prado Tx, one Subaru Outback and two Mercedes Benz.

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