Warrant of arrest issued against Jimmy Wanjigi, summons for wife, seven others

Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi with his wife Irene Nzisa. Photo/courtesy

A warrant of arrest has been issued against businessman Jimmy Wanjigi in a Sh 56 million land fraud case. 

Wanjigi is charged alongside his wife, Irene Nzisa Wanjigi, John Nyanjua Njenga, Himanshu Velji Dodhia alias Himanshu Velji Prechard Dodhia, Kaneez Noorani, Mohamed Hussein Noorani, Mohamed Hussanali, Kairu Augustine Thuo.

The police made an application for warrants to be issued against all the accused persons.

Senior Principal Magistrate Benard Ochoi issued the warrant of arrest against Wanjigi for failure to appear in court to answer to the fraud charges.

However, the magistrate went on to issue summons to his wife Irene Nzusi Wanjigi and the other co-accused persons.

The police told the court that they were unable to reach the accused persons on phone to inform them to appear in court on 18th January 2022.

The court further heard the police approached Wanjigi in an attempt to arrest him yesterday afternoon but failed after the businessman drove off and locked himself in a building in Westlands, Nairobi.

SPM Ochoi ruled that the seven suspects who were not informed may not have known they were to appear in court on 18th. However, for Wanjigi, he was confronted a day before with the view of bringing him to court.

Wanjigi, his wife and Njenga are accused of obtaining Sh 56 million from Kenroid Limited by falsely pretending that they were in position to sell land IR. NO. 65800 LR.1870/11/200 Deed plan No. 175145, measuring 0.3314 hectares and  registered to Auream ltd. 

The trio is alleged to have jointly committed the offence on 21st June 2018 at Nairobi City center.

The three are also charged alongside businessmen Himanshu Velji Dodhia alias Himanshu Velji Premchard Dodhia, Kaneez Noorani, Mohamed Hussein Noorani, Mohamed Hussanali, Kairu Augustine Thuo with conspiracy to commit a felony.

The court heard that on diverse dates between 9th April 2010 and 5th June 2018 at unknown place within Kenya, jointly with others not before court, the accused persons conspired together to forge a title Deed dated 20th July 1993 for he said land under the name of Horizon Hills Limited. 

The eight also accused of forging a Deed plan under the name of Dodhia Foam ltd purporting it to be genuine and valid Deed plan signed by survivor GS Gitau and forging a Grant for the above land purporting it to be genuine and valid Grant issued and signed by commissioner of lands, Wilson Gacanja. 

Wanjigi, his wife and Njenga are also charged with procuring execution of a company by false pretense. The three are alleged to have procured a state counsel at the registrar of companies to execute change of name of Horizon Hill Limited registered on 24th November 2006 certificate No. C131937 and issuing a certificate of change of name to Auream Limited dated 31st May 2018.

The accused persons are alleged to have committed the offence on 31st May 2018 at the Attorney General’s office in Nairobi by means of fraudulent representation as to the nature of content.

Lastly, the trio is charged with uttering the false grant with intent to defraud.