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Kasarani four: New twist in probe on murder of 4 friends

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By Judith Gicobi

After it was discovered one had defrauded the lover of his accomplice, investigations into the deaths of four companions who were accused of money fraud have taken a new turn.

There has been reports that they were involved in a money and cryptocurrency scheme, as the bodies of Fred Obare, Frank Obegi, Moses Nyachae, and Elijah Omeka were discovered in Kijabe Forest and Magadi.

The information about Ms. Doreen Makena, Omeka’s lover, complaining about losing Sh100,000 to Obare came to light on Wednesday.

Ms. Makena had a complaint against Obare regarding a Sh100,000 academic writing account, according to testimonies taken by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) investigators.

Obare’s body was discovered on Monday in Magadi, Kajiado County, while Obegi, Nyachae, and Omeka’s bodies were discovered on Sunday in Kijabe Forest, Kiambu County.

From left: Frank Obegi, Fred Obare, Moses Nyachae and Elijah Omeka. Investigations into the killings of the four friends accused of money fraud took a new twist on June 22, 2022.

Obare, who had commercial dealings with Omeka, was found to have traveled to Ruiru on Thursday from his house in Santon, Kasarani, in order to arrange yet another agreement for the sale of another academic account.

Stephanie Mburu, the wife of Obare, revealed to investigators and family members that her husband had informed her that he had received a call from Ms. Makena and that he would be joining her in filing a report of her husband’s disappearance at the Kasarani Police Station.

Thursday night, Ms Makena called Ms Mburu to check on her husband’s whereabouts but he was nowhere to be found.

Finley Mokaya, Obare’s brother, says that Obare’s phone was turned off at 2:30 p.m. that day, just after he spoke to Ms. Makena.

It is still unknown why Ms. Makena has yet to give the police a statement 72 hours after the bodies of the four were discovered and transferred to City Mortuary.

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Four police officers arrested for allegedly robbing herder of Sh373,000 in Nairobi

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By Wanja Waweru

In Kamukunji, four police officers were detained for allegedly robbing a herder of Sh373,000.

William Tongoyo, the victim, had just finished selling meat at Burma Market and was on his way home when he was approached by the officers.

Tongoyo claimed that it appeared as though the officers were aware of the money he was carrying. He was placed in handcuffs after being charged with loitering with the intent to commit a crime.

Tongoyo resisted being taken into custody and expressed concern about his money, which he had stashed in his underwear. His complaints, however, were ineffective since the officers led him to an alley where they frisked and robbed him.

“One of the officers robbed him of the Sh373,000 which he had been paid as proceeds after selling meat of 12 cows at Burma market,” the police said in a statement.

Tongoyo made an effort to pursue the cops, but he was heartbroken when they vanished into the crowd. He reported the event to the Kamukunji Police Station right away, giving a thorough account of his experience and naming the officers responsible.

Doris Kimeli, the commander of the Central Sub-county Police, and investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) organized an unplanned operation in the region.

All patrol officers were ordered to report to a specific area by senior authorities. Tongoyo was brought in to identify the cops, and he knew one of them right away.

Their coworker saw two other officers, and Tongoyo later recognized a fourth officer.

The four cops were transferred to Kamkunji Police Station, where their confessions were recorded, after being disarmed. But there isn’t any noteworthy amount of money was recovered from the suspects.

Nairobi Police Commissioner Adamson Bungei gave the people his word that the situation will be thoroughly examined and dealt with. He described the occurrence as a singular instance that does not represent the entire police force.

“This is not what we are. This is an isolated incident and will be acted on accordingly,” Bungei said.

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Nyeri teen arrested with homemade gun, bhang to be charged

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By Wanja Waweru

A 19-year-old guy was detained by police in Nyeri County after being discovered in possession of a handmade gun that could fire and marijuana.

The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that the young man was detained as a result of a tip from the general public.

“Police officers from Munyange Police Station arrested a 19-year-old suspect after he was found in possession of a home-made pistol, stones of cannabis sativa and rolls of the same. He has been remanded in police custody,” the statement read in part.

The NPS also expressed gratitude to the general public for helping to support community police in the battle against crime and illegal narcotics.

A police officer assigned to the General Service Unit (GSU) was also found in possession of a handmade pistol the day before the teen’s arrest.

A failed heist in Kasarani sub-county led to the arrest of Mr. Graham Ndichu Chege, a GSU officer.

On Monday, May 29, 2023, Nairobi News broke the exclusive that the suspect has been on police radar for more than four months.

Officers worried about an armed gang terrorizing people in Kasarani Sub-County knew when, not if, Mr. Chege would be apprehended.

The suspect was being questioned about more robberies that had occurred nearby, according to an investigator with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who is aware of the current inquiries.

“Officers involved in the matter believe that he was the one leading a gang that has been giving the locals in this sub-county a hard time. Plans are also underway to arrest his accomplices,” said the officer, who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to a police report reviewed by this reporter, Mr. Paul Maina said that three individuals on motorcycles and carrying pistols robbed him at gunpoint of his cell phone at the Cooperative area along Kamiti Road.

“Police officers on foot patrol responded very quickly and with the help of bodaboda riders they chased the suspects to Juja Weighbridge where the suspect’s motorcycle developed mechanical problem and Mr Chege was arrested,” the report reads in part.

As a GSU officer assigned to the GSU Headquarters and Transit Section, Mr. Chege then revealed to the officers that he was to them.

When the police searched him, they discovered a makeshift pistol that they claimed might fire.

“A bloodstained broken knife and a motorcycle with registration number KMFH 031U, make Ranger Black, were recovered,” the police report added.

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City pastor accused of defrauding Kenyans in the USA of Sh6.8 million

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By Wanja Waweru

A city preacher has been accused with stealing Sh6.8 million from two sisters and their friend who lives in the USA while he pretended to be in a position to buy them land in Nairobi.

Catherine Wairimu Ng’ang’a of the Githurai-based Arise and Healing and Deliverance Church was charged At the Milimani courts.

When she was prosecuted in front of senior main magistrate Zainab Abdul, she contested four counts of receiving money under false pretenses.

The lady pastor, 53, was charged with cheating Noel Njeri Ngure, Lilian Muthoni Ngure, and Anne Nyambura Njogu between February and September 2021 of a huge sum.

The magistrate was informed that Pastor Wairimu collected Sh4 million from Noel under the pretense that she could sell her a land of land number Mowlem/Nairobi Block 169/285, a fact she knew to be false.

The preacher was suspected of receiving the Sh4m on several times between February 1 and August 12 2021 when he was detained by authorities on May 28, 2023.

The preacher was accused of accepting Sh1,735,000 from Lilian Muthoni Ngure between March 12 and August 12, 2021, despite knowing that she was lying when she said she could sell her a piece of land with the address Mowlem/Nairobi Block 169/287.

According to the third count, she received a second trump of Sh900,000 from Lilian Muthoni Ngure on August 31 and September 24, 2021, pretending to sell to her three stalls at New Wakulima Kangundo Road Market.

The magistrate learned that the pastor was lying and that she was not in a position to do so.

The preacher was accused of defrauding Ann Nyambura Njogu of Sh253,200 in the fourth allegation against her. She had claimed to be in a position to sell Njogu a piece of land in Mowlem/Nairobi Block 169/286.

Pastor Wairimu requested release on bail, pledging to follow the judge’s orders.

Her release on bond was not opposed by the prosecution.

She was then freed by Ms. Abdul on a Sh500,000 cash bail with one contact person.

On June 12, 2023, her case will be brought up for pre-trial instructions.

Pastor Wairimu will then meet with her accusers at the hearing date that Ms. Abdul will establish.

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