Controversial businessman Paul Kobia and four other people have been freed on a cash bail of 100k each or a bond of 200K, in a case in which they are suspected to have abducted and assaulted a Congolese national. Gava has also said, ‘Pris, hand over your firearm too’.
Milimani Resident Magistrate Miriam Mugure declined an application by the police to have them detained for 14 days saying investigations by police can be conducted while they are out on bond, reports the Star.
She however directed the suspects to be reporting to Kilimani Police station for 3 days.
The four other suspects arraigned in court are Alvin Anzaya, Nelson Muyi, John Mutwiri and Martin Mwangi. The accused persons were arrested yesterday and are said to be Kobia’s employees.
In an Affidavit presented in court by investigating officer Mark Ntoja states that the complaint Blanchard Condole suffered serious injuries and is currently admitted at hospital.
“The complainant and key witnesses are yet to record statement,” prosecution said.
The court heard that that the suspects were arrested by officers in Kilimani police station today early morning at Muzima Springs within Kileleshwa. The police said that the investigations against the five are complex and incomplete hence they needed more time to pursue all leads.
According to the prosecution the five accused persons actively participated in kidnapping Condole from Bodson Spa and Lounge located in Kindaruma road.
According to the Star, it is alleged that the five unlawfully used their firearms. However, their lawyer Kiraithe Wandugi objected to their detention saying the 14 days the prosecution were asking for was unlawful.
Kobia was arrested at his house in Kindaruma, Kilimani Wednesday night. It is alleged Kobia abducted Congolese businessman Bachard Londole. Kobia claims that the man owed him Sh40 million.
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Police said Kobia went to Londole’s house at Kindaruma road and threatened him with a gun.
Kobia is also alleged to have assaulted the man who is admitted at Nairobi women’s hospital with head injuries. Police have confiscated Kobia’s firearm.
In 2015, Kobia sensationally linked himself to the death of Fidel Odinga, son of opposition chief Raila Odinga.
He later denied the claims published on social media sites and some newspapers as “false and malicious”.
The businessman with interests in gold is a licensed firearm holder who once shot a motorist on Limuru road, prompting the withdrawal of his firearm licence.