Nigerians arraigned at Kiambu court as purge on foreigners is intensified
As the purge on illegal immigrants continues to gain momentum in the country, four Nigerians were on Thursday arraigned at a Kiambu Court charged with unlawfully being in Kenya.
George Osaigbovo Adah, Ogheni Franklin Orobosa, Duyilem Solomon Kolawoli and Bamidele Olosula Omowayi appeared before Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate, Stella Atambo charged with being in the country illegally contrary to the Immigration Act.
Particulars on the charge sheet stated that on September 12, 2018 at Thindigua and Kirigiti area in Kiambu sub-county, they were found unlawfully found in Kenya despite being Nigerian citizens.
For prosecution, the state counsel, Christen Mbevi said she had lined up four witnesses who would testify against the accused. Meanwhile, the culprits would remain in custody until their case is heard.
In the same court, a person who had stood surety for two other Nigerian brothers, believed to be unlawfully present in Kenya, withdrew from the case saying he feared to be held responsible in case they fled the country and failed to appear for the hearing of their case.
The hearing of their case will be on October 24 and it would be mentioned on September 28.
David Kiama told the court that he had placed a motorbike as a surety and that he feared they could escape.
“I therefore wish to withdraw from the case so that the accused can look for another surety,” he told the court.
He amused the court when he said, “the duo would escape and leave me and you in the mix” to which the magistrate answered, he is the one to suffer and not her.
Gideon Adepoju Olomide and James Adepoju Olomide had been charged that on 10th June 2018 at Ruaka location within Kiambu County, being Nigerian citizens, they were unlawfully found in Kenya.
The aliens faced the second count of making a false document without authority contrary to the penal code. They were charged that on 29th May, 2018 at an unknown place within the republic of Kenya, with intent to deceive, they counterfeited migration security stamp impression on the visa of Nigerian Passport No A05146888 purporting it to be a genuine stamp for use at Immigration Department, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
During mention on Thursday, the prosecution led by Keronge Maatwa opposed their prayer to be released on cash bail, saying they were a flight risk.
He told the court that police were pursuing leads to more serious charges that the duo were conning Kenyans on-line.
The court gave the prosecution one month to complete their investigations on the additional count and also verify their documents to confirm if they were here illegally or not so that they are not kept in custody unnecessarily.
By Lydia Shiroya