Obado in custody after guns are recovered in Migori, Nairobi homes

Written By: Anthony Kaikai

Obado in custody after guns are recovered in home

Police are holding Migori Governor Okoth Obado for questioning after eight guns were recovered in his homes in Migori and Nairobi.  

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations apprehended the governor while leaving a Nairobi Hotel where he was attending an official function.

The governor who is out on bond in a case where he is accused of playing a role in the killing of Sharon Otieno is not out of the woods yet.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives on Tuesday raided the office and homes of Obado and confiscated, among other things, the said firearms, several bank statements and electronics.

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According to his lawyer Cliff Ombeta, some of the guns belonged to security guards even as the questioned how the narrative of the police.

He accused authorities of infringing on his clients rights terming the latest development as pure malice.

Five of the firearms were recovered in Nairobi while another three were found in Migori.

Forensic experts will subject the guns to ballistic examinations and verification of certificates. 

Obado is also being investigated into alleged misappropriation of Ksh 2 billion in Migori County through use of proxy accounts.

EACC detectives were reportedly looking for documents to help establish claims that he might have siphoned over 2.5 billion shillings from the county’s coffers.

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The detectives who are said to be in three groups accompanied by several police officers camped at the two premises trying to uncover any evidence that could pin down the governor.

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Director of communication in the office of the governor Nicholas Anyuor confirmed the raid. The raid by the EACC detectives comes several months after a similar raid was mounted at the home and offices of governor Obado’s close allies in Migori County.

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According to EACC, part of the looted funds were channeled to accounts of Governor Obado’s children in Australia, Hong Kong and China.

In September 2018, EACC obtained court orders to freeze bank accounts of Governor Obado and his brothers; Jared Peter Odoyo Oluoch Kwaga, Ernest Omondi Owino and Joram Opala Otieno.

Obado was on September 21 arrested in connection with the murder of Rongo university student Sharon Otieno and remanded for 33 days at the Industrial Area prison.

The pre-trial hearing on the murder case was set for February 14, 2019.


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