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The scammers were trailed as they picked up the two foreigners from their hotel in Nairobi.

The officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) drawn from the Operations Support Unit (OSU) have arrested several suspects involved in a mega gold scam that targeted two Malaysian nationals. 

 DCI officers made the breakthrough after raiding Kilimani Estate in Nairobi where the suspects had set their operation base and recovered multiple tools of trade involved in the Ksh2.85 billion botched fraudulence.

The raid came after DCI officers received an intelligence report through the Kilimani Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officer on the scamming deal planned against the two foreign men.

Gold recovered by DCI following a raid in Nairobi on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. PHOTO | COURTESY

"Reportedly, the scammers using Rock Africa Minier company had contacted the complainants as from October 19, 2023 through a social media platform. The suspects had alleged to transact with them 500 kg of Gold at USD 19 million equivalent to Ksh2.85 billion. In the deal, the complainants had already sent USD 6,350 to members of the gang based in Cameroon who referred the two to their Kenyan accomplices," DCI's statement read in part.

The scammers were trailed as they picked up the two foreigners from their hotel in Nairobi.

They were taken to an office in a private house along Mageta Road within Kileleshwa where the surveillance team followed closely before the main gate was shut locking them out. 

"As the sleuths stealthily gained entry into the compound, some suspects jumped over the fence at the back side of the compound, leading to a chase that saw 7 of them arrested including two escapees. The suspects who included two G4S security guards are; Didier Muke (a Congolese with a pending case and passport deposited in court), Brian Otiende, Patrick Otieno, Joshua Ngandi, Charles Vincent Njerenga (whisked from a getaway bike and in hospital), Mark Kabete (G4S) and Ken Kiboi (G4S)."

"The scene was processed and several exhibits were recovered including metallic boxes, 84 gold-coated metallic bars, smelting tools, computers, documents and stamps for Ace Point International."

Several cars were also recovered including a Noah, Crown, Mercedes Benz, G-Touring, and a double cabin.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned today.