Kobia to sue DCI detectives for malicious damage of property
Flamboyant city Businessman and 2022 Presidential Aspirant Paul Kobia has accused Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives of malicious damage to his property worth millions of shillings following his dramatic arrest on Wednesday.
Kobia is now threatening to sue the Police for malicious damage to his property and valuables that has occasioned according to estimates, a Sh 5 million loss at his Presidential Campaign Secretariat Office in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.
“This is not how police are required to act, they came here without search warrants and arrested over 30 of my employees; even the pregnant and others with little children,
He said, the detectives acted with malice and their intentions were to destroy his valuables without good reason.
The aggrieved man says the destruction was extended to his Campaign Secretariat office and his communication gadgets tampered with.
“What kind of officers raid a house, destroy doors, windows, carpets and even eat all the food in the kitchen ?,”
He said the police should act in accordance with the law and stop harassing Kenyans while destroying their properties. Kobia added that the police also took away seven of his cars and laptops against the law.He now wants the Government to take action against the unprofessional officers.
Through his lawyer Henry Kurauka, he intends to sue the officers who damaged his properties, arrested and unlawfully detained innocent staff. He said that the actions of the detectives had occasioned him great loss.
“I operate this office as my Secretariat station for my Presidential campaign and business meetings. The police came here and arrested over 30 of my employees without warrants which is against the law,’
He noted that the police forcefully ejected his receptionist from her station and pulled al the arranged materials destroying all of them.
Kobia added that this was not arrest but damage to his properties.
“All my expensive equipment used by my security officers were torn apart and destroyed by the police who acted like thugs during the raid,”
He wants action to be taken against the rogue officers so that they do not do the same to any other Kenyan pretending to be arresting them.
He added that communication cabling within his offices were also cut and destroyed, terming the acts as malicious and vengeful.
Kobia and 13 other suspects were released by the court on Thursday after the prosecution failed to show cause why he and his co accused should be detained for 14 days as investigations went on. Instead, Magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko ordered Kobia to deposit a Sh100, 000 cash bail.
The 13 suspects presented as co-accused persons were released on Sh100, 000 bonds each.
The court agreed with defense lawyers that that the prosecution did not demonstrate that the suspects are a flight risk.
The court was persuaded that the suspects will honor future court appearances. The prosecution had told the court the investigations are still ongoing and warned that the suspects are likely to interfere with investigations if they were set free.
“The investigations are complex, diverse and we are looking at transnational organized crime where some of Kobia’s accomplices could be in the neighboring Countries and the offense committed cut across international borders,”
the prosecution had stated.
The prosecution told the court that between October 7, 2018 and April 25, 2019, a foreigner by the name Italiana Antonio Cianci who traded in gold was duped into buying fake gold worth Sh119.8 million at a private residence in Nairobi’s Riverside Drive. Kobia was arrested on suspicion of being the seller of the fake gold.
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