A Nairobi court has denied bond to a Nigerian cartel charged in Kenya after a probation report indicated he is a flight risk and may flee the jurisdiction of Kenyan courts if released.
The probation officer told the court that Victor Nyekazi Wagwu has no valid passport.
In the case, two Nigerian Nationals, and Victor Nyekazi Wagwu were charged with defrauding a city businessman Sh 60.4 million in a shoddy deal.
Consequently, the court granted stiff bond terms to his co-accused Ali Ohio after it was ruled that there were no compelling reasons for his continued detention.
“Upon consideration of the probation report, the first accused person shall be released on Ksh 5 million, secondly, he shall present three contact persons with one who must be employed in the public service and lastly he shall deposit his passport in court. In respect to the second accused person I will not grant him bail pending trial.” Ruled Magistrate BenMark Ekhubi.
The two foreigners were charged that between January 20 and May 19, 2023, in Nairobi county jointly with others who are yet to be arrested defrauded Noor Omar Ahmed USD 420,000 through fraudulent tricks.
The court heard that the money was for the purchase of a reagent to clear stamps on the foreign currency funds that Ahmed was to receive as a consideration for the sale of the Lisbon Hotel.
Enhubi also heard that the Lisbon Hotel is a family property that the two Nigerians intended to buy.
The two Nigerians also face Immigration offenses for being illegally in the country.
Ojo and Wagwu were arrested at Rubis Petrol station near Bellevue estate in Nairobi county without valid passports and visas.