NIGERIAN AND KENYA ACCOMPLICE DENY DEFRAUDING ITALIAN OF SH. 29 MILLION.

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BY NT CORRESPONDENT.

A Nigerian and his Kenyan accomplice have been charged with obtaining an equivalent of Sh19.6 million from an Italian businessman.

Nigerian Gideon Nika Gbaravopnu and Seth Steve Okute appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and pleaded not guilty to the charges. It is alleged that they obtained the money from Lewis Ikenna, claiming they were in position to facilitate the transfer logistics of gold.

The court heard that on diverse dates between January 1 and April 30 this year at DTB Bank at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport branch, the duo jointly with others not before court, they obtained USD 185, 000 equivalent from the Italian.

The court heard that they obtained the money with intent to defraud, by falsely pretending that they were in a position to facilitate the transfer logistics of 2000 kgs of gold to Dubai for sale a fact they knew to be false.

They were released on a bond of 1 million or cash bail of Sh. 600,000 pending hearing and determination of the fraud case.

The court also ordered the Nigerian to deposit his travel documents in court.

Prosecution has listed two witnesses among those who will testify against the accused persons.

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