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Court detains 15 fake gold syndicate suspects arrested in Nairobi



Fifteen suspects who were arrested on Monday in connection with a fake gold syndicate operating in the country will remain in police custody for seven more days pending conclusion of investigations.

The accused were arraigned in court on Tuesday where the prosecution sought for more time to conclude investigations.

In a miscellaneous application, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officer Dan Owino, told the court more time was needed to establish the nationalities of three of the suspects; Abouma Famous, Salim Ali Abubakar and Albert Likole Lokunda.

The other suspects include; Philip Nahashon Naulu, Maxwell Oyuga Oduor, Tom Okoth, Peter Omondi Onyach, Jalang’o Abdala Okoth, Annangton Modishia, William Otieno Onyango, Govhi Otieno Paul, Michael Ochieng, Cynthia Githinji, Joyce Akinyi, Faith Nzisa Nyamai.

He further told the court that detectives are pursuing more suspects who are believed to be at large as well as obtain elimination prints to establish the suspects movements.

“The intelligence report indicates that apart from the offences we are planning to prefer against the respondents, they are engaging in cyber related crimes within and outside the country hence put our country at risk,” reads the application.

The investigators also said they were  yet to confirm the genuineness of the metal bar alleged to be gold that were recovered in the respondents’ office on Kaputei road in Valley Arcade, Nairobi.

The suspects were nabbed in a rented stand-alone house on Kaputei road in Valley Arcade, Nairobi, where fake gold was also discovered.

The consignment bearing Ghanian custom papers was stuffed in metallic boxes and their weight had been altered using cement.

Eight vehicles belonging to the suspects bearing fake number plates were also seized during the raid. They include: Two Toyota Axios, Two Mercedes Benz, One Toyota Crown, One Honda Insight, One Toyota Prado Tx, and one Subaru Outback.

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