Police seek to detain Nigerian arrested in Nairobi over Sh 17 million gold scam


Police have moved to court seeking orders to detain a Nigerian national arrested in Nairobi over allegations of obtaining Sh17. 6 million under the guise of a gold trader for seven days to complete investigations.

Yusuf Daniel Masara alias Dr. Ibrahim Sacko is accused of fraudulently obtaining Sh17. 6 million from American national Elrais Ahmed Mohamed purporting to be a position to assist him to venture into buying and selling gold minerals across international borders. 

Appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Jane Kamau, the investigating officer said that Mohamed was dumped into transfering the Sh 17. 6 million from his bank account to accounts provided by Masara but after receiving the funds, he failed to deliver the consignment of the gold as agreed and stopped communicating which made him become suspicious about the business deal. 

“Investigation commenced and Masara was arrested at Favour apartments within South B in Nairobi. He refused to open the door even after detectives identified themselves. However, he was arrested two hours later after the apartment management intervened,” said the investigator.

According to the police, Masara could not give a satisfactory account of his work and his source of income in the country.

The court heard that the suspect was arrested with two laptops, three mobile phones and assorted sim cards and according to preliminary investigations, the said gadgets were used to commit crimes of obtaining money through fraudulent means and online fraud. 

In addition, a Mitsubishi car, KCJ 607Y was also recovered and detectives say the suspect has failed to account for its ownership and is therefore being treated as proceeds of crime.