15 gold scam suspects detained for seven days


Fifteen suspects arrested in connection with fake gold bars have been detained for seven to allow police to complete investigations.

Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Mayova ruled that bail is a constitutional right but there are instances it can be denied.

The magistrate found seven days is sufficient for police to complete investigations as opposed to the 14 days sought by the State.

In the affidavit, the investigators want time to have the metal bars recovered in the suspects’ office examined.

Those arrested are Abouma Tamoua, Salim Ali Abubakar, Albert Likole Lokunda, Philip Nahashon Naulu, Maxwell Oyuga Oduor, Tom Okoth, Peter Omondi Onyach, Jalang’o Abdalla Okoth, Annangton Modishia , William Otieno Onyango, Gochi Otieno Paul, Michael Ochieng, Cynthia Githinji, Joyce Akinyi and Faith Nzisa Nyamai.

The police also want time to retrieve and analyse data from their mobile phones, laptops and computers.

The court heard that the suspects were arrested on 13th May at house No. 12 at Kaputei Gardens within Kileleshwa, Nairobi, following a tip from members of the accused person.

Upon search, police recovered 23 different mobile phones, 28 steel metal boxes ten of them packed and sealed, several sledge hammer heads, seven desk top computers, two laptops and gold coated iron bars.

Further, it is alleged that the 1,2,3 suspects are foreigners and did not produce any identification therefore need time to verify from the immigration department whether they are in Kenya legally.

According to the investigators, the fifteen could not explain what they were doing at the said office upon interrogation.


Eight motor vehicles were also recovered from the compound among them Subaru KCQ 830W, Land Cruiser Prado KCS 888D, Mercedes Benz KBV 916Q, Axio KCM 808U, Mercedes KCR 648V, Toyota Corolla KCS 904Q, Toyota Crown KCD 680M and Honda KCM 770B whose registration is yet to be established at NTSA.

The police also claim intelligent reports indicate that the suspects are engaging in cyber related crimes within and outside the country putting the country at risk.

However, their lawyers among them Makori, Ayuo, Omingo, Ms Kinuthia and Kangahi objected they days sought saying that they were unnecessary.

Makori told the court that his clients who are foreigners have their passports and are ready to avail them.

He further submitted that the said vehicles were recovered from a car wash and could have been there to be cleaned. It was his submission that the police can still get the information on the vehicles from NTSA without detaining them.

Ayuo submitted that there no reason to detain the suspects for 14 days urging the court to detain them for two days if it deems it necessary to detain them.

Omingo further stated that there was nothing complex in the affidavit to warrant custodial orders.

He said that his clients 8-10 suspects are just collateral damage as they were bystander minding their own business when they were arrested. He requested the court to grant them cash bail.

Kangahi and Ms Kinuthia who represent the 11-15 suspects told the court that their clients are cooks, receptionists and cleaners.

The matter will be mentioned on 21st May.