Nigerian, Kenyan charged in Nairobi over Sh 18 million gold fraud

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A Nigerian national and a Kenyan have been charged with obtaining millions of shillings from an Italian businessman by pretending that they were in a position to facilitate the logistics of 2000 kilograms of gold.

Gideon Nika Gbaravopnu and Seth Steve Okute are accused of obtaining USD 185,000 (apprx. Sh18,500,000 from Lewis Ikenna by falsely pretending that they were in a position to facilitate the transfer logistics of the gold to Dubai for sale, a fact they knew to be false.

The two are alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between 1st January and 30th April this year at Diamond Trust Bank, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport branch in Nairobi county with intent to defraud, jointly with others not before court.

The accused persons denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and were granted a bond of Sh 1 million or cash bail of Sh 600,000.