Lawyer condemns fake DCI tweet about businessman

NAIROBI, Kenya August 28 – Barrister Steve Ogola has condemned the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for publishing what he called an alarming story about a businessman in the city.

According to the DCI, detectives based at the Land Fraud Investigation Unit are looking for a certain Ali Noor Abdi, who they believe is wanted for criminal association in violation of article 317 of the penal code.

The DCI tweeted Thursday evening that the suspect along with his son Abdi Hamza Ali Noor, who has already been brought to justice, had on various dates between July 1, 2014 and April 7, 2020, conspired to defraud the African Banking Corporation Limited ( ABC) Nairobi, 60 million shillings.

Police said Abdi, who they believe is at large, is also wanted for forgery, contrary to article 345 read with article 349 of the penal code.

They said a warrant for his arrest has since been issued by the Milimani High Court.

“Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to do so via the free number #FichuakwaDCI 0800, 722 203 or the nearest police station for action,” the DCI said.

However, Ogolla asked the DCI to stop the malice.

“DCI – this sensational report. Your investigating officer Musa Ndalo has the contacts of Mzee Ali Noor. Ndalo charged Mzee’s son after failing to link Mzee to any offence. Yet there is nothing stopping him from summoning Mzee,” did he declare.

However, on Friday Abdi went to the DCI offices on Kiambu road and asked the police why they claimed he was on the run.

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Detectives said the matter is under investigation.

Abdi told media at DCI headquarters that the case is a civil matter, not a criminal one.

He said the case was pending in court, there had been citations and hearings and no judgment had been rendered.

He said the DCI was wrong to get misinformation from ABC Bank and label it as a leak risk, but that is not the case.

He asked the DCI to remove the alarming posts and tweets from Facebook.

“ABC Bank gave false information to the DCI. The DCI does not want to clarify the misinformation that has caused us anguish. The whole tweet was meant to slander us and tarnish our names. It’s sad and we will stand up to that,” he said.

ABC Bank has in the past been involved in several land disputes.

In 2016, the Bank Fraud Unit arrested two men linked to the fraudulent use of two title deeds to secure a loan from ABC Bank.

The men allegedly colluded with ABC Banks to defraud a businessman on his 0.03 hectare plot of land in Langata, Nairobi.

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