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Ethiopian immigrant who was repatriated remanded

An Ethiopian national who was repatriated to his country in 2017 by the government and unlawfully returned to Kenya will spend Christmas holidays behind bars.
The police believe the foreigner is back unlawfully for criminal activities which they have prayed to the Kiambu court to allow them 10 days to complete their investigations.
The duration will enable them to investigate Pele Markos Lencha further into criminal activities which police suspect are related to drug trafficking.
Kiambu Chief Magistrate Mrs. Patriciah Gichohi granted the orders after the investigating officer swore an affidavit in which he sought for the suspect to be held at Gigiri police station to enable them wind up their investigations.
PC Edward Kipkorir said he was attached to the Transnational Unit at the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI). In his affidavit, he noted that the suspect had been repatriated to Ethiopia in October 2017 by orders of the then Minister for Internal security but was found recently in Mwiki area.
At the time of his arrest, the officer told the court that he was found in possession of a refugee letter for UNHCR which had scheduled him to be interviewed on January 18th, 2019. He was found in his shop which is stocked with foodstuff but police believe he was also involved in drug trafficking and the shop was just a cover-up to his main upkeep in the country.
When the magistrate sought his reaction to the application, he said he was innocent and that when police arrested him, he was resting in his house and that they did not recover anything that could connect him to any criminal activity.
In another court, Kiambu senior Resident Magistrate Mr. Brian Khaemba allowed police to detain a man and a woman at Kasarani police station on suspicion that they obtained Sh.1.2 million by falsely pretending that they could assist a person to recover Sh. 4.6 million from the Bank of Baroda.
PC Kyalo told the court that Nzau Mbuvi and Catherine Musyimi were arrested in Kitui town for the offence of obtaining money by false pretenses contrary to section 313 of the penal code.
He said in his affidavit that police required 3 days which they intended to use to record statements from various witnesses and also arrest their accomplices. He also requires to avail the mobile phone which was used in the transactions to the cyber-crime for purposes of extracting messages which will assist in the investigations.
By Lydia Shiroya

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