BY PRUDENCE WANZA – A Nairobi court has detained five gold fraud suspects for six days to allow police to complete investigations.
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.
The five were arrested on 11th July and are alleged to be employees of DSI exports and Cargo Company Limited within Lavington in Nairobi County.
According to the police affidavit, the complainant, 57 year old Galagama Gedara Sahul Hameed, a Sri Lankan national who is the managing director of SPCON company, Jewellanka Private Limited based in Sri Lanka paid 82,000 USD to Omuoma on behalf of DSI exports and Cargo company.
It is alleged that Omuoma received the money for 2.5 kilograms of gold as collateral for the shipment of another 25 kilograms to Dubai and did issue him with a receipt for the said amount on 9th July.
According to the affidavit, on the evening of 9th July 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 vuhecle they were in drove off with Kamira and another unidentified person who was an employee of DSI.
The complainant 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.
It is alleged that he is expected back in the country on 16th July 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.
They also need to apprehend accomplices, carry out an identification parade, gain the suspects’ employment records and communicate with the registrar of companies on the legitimacy of activities and list of directors of DSI for interrogation.
The suspects may be charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and robbery with violence.