BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
Five suspects have been detained for six days by a Nairobi Court to allow police to complete investigations into over Sh 8.4 million gold fraud scam.
The suspects, Abbas Badru Omuoma, Victor Ogolla Keza, Robert Otieno Muga , Ezekiel Jeff Opembe and Philip Onyango Bhibhi will be detained at Kilimani police station.
They are said to be employees of DSI exports and Cargo Company Limited within Lavington in Nairobi County.
The court heard that they were arrested on 11th July at the said offices.
According to the police affidavit filed in court, the complainant, Galagama Gedara Sahul Hameed, 57 a Sri Lankan national who is the managing director of SPCON company, Jewellanka Private Limited based in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka paid USD 82,000 to Omuoma on behalf of DSI exports.
It is alleged that Omuoma received the money as collateral for the shipment of another 25 kilograms of gold to Dubai and did issue him with a receipt for the said amount on July 9,2019.
Further on the same evening on while Hameed was being driven back to his hotel in a vehicle provided by DSI exports in company of his friend Mohamed Salihu Rusly also a Sri Lankan national residing in Kenya and Jean Claude Kamira were intercepted along Arboretum Drive by a motorcycle rider with a pillion passenger who claimed to be police officers and robbed them the 2.5 kilograms of gold they were carrying.
Hameed and his friend Rusly were left stranded after the robbery as the vehicle they were in drove off with Kamira and another unidentified person who was an employee of DSI.
The complainant later reported the matter to Kilimani Police station but was overwhelmed by the events of that day.
He had recurring heart problems and flew to Dubai immediately for treatment.
The court heard that the complaint is expected back in the country on July 17,2019 to assist with investigations.
The police say they are interested in tracing the respondents’ movements by exploiting their mobile phone data, trace Jean Claude Kamira and any other critical witnesses without the respondents instilling fear or interfering with investigations.
Police says they need to apprehend accomplices, carry out an identification parade, gain the suspects’ employment records and communicate with the registrar of companies on the legitimacy, activities and list of directors of DSI for interrogation.
The suspects are likely to be charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and robbery with violence.