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Obado still in trouble over murder and graft charges, to appear in court today

CID officers arrive at DCI offices in Kiambu with Migori Governor Okoth Obado for questioning on 14th.November.2018/COURTESY

 

Embattled Migori Governor Okoth Obado was yesterday arrested and taken into custody at Gigiri police cells.

He is expected in court today.

Obado denied ownership of three guns found at his Lavington home EACC detectives.

He was told to record statements with officers from the DCI Serious Crime Unit.

According to EACC detectives, the weapons were hidden under a mattress in Obado’s bedroom.

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the weapons would undergo ballistic tests.

“We want to know if the weapons have been used in any crime. After ballistic tests, we will know more and the way forward,” said Mr .Kinoti.

Obado told officers he was a licensed gun holder and that some of the weapons found in his houses belonged to his guards. Sources said he was allowed to own only one gun.

He has at least three bodyguards. They were not present at the time of the EACC raid.

Officers present said the weapons were not acquired as required by law.

All government firearms are clearly labelled. The guns that have landed Obado in fresh trouble are two Ceskas recovered from his Lavington home.

Obado was nabbed at the hotel’s basement where he took cover after he was told of police presence outside the hotel. A taxi, which police said Obado wanted to use to escape, was at the basement when police arrested the governor.

Detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit whisked Obado to the old Nairobi area offices before he was transferred to the DCI headquarters in Kiambu.

RUTO TOUR

The old Nairobi area is the headquarters of the DCI Special CrimePrevention Unit.

Sources said the arrest was sanctioned by DCI chief George Kinoti who yesterday met with top police chiefs from the unit hours before the arrest.

EACC investigators, who on Tuesday raided two homes belonging to the governor in Nairobi and Migori, recovered firearms. There has been no official confirmation on the number of weapons recovered.

Obado was released on bail on October 24 following his arrest on September 21 in connection with the murder of university student Sharon Otieno.

Sharon, who was pregnant with Obado’s baby.

Obado has denied being involved in the murder. He was released on Sh5 million bail and two sureties of similar amount.

AWAY FROM RAPOGI

He is required to comply with stringent bond terms, including staying at least 20km away from Homa Bay county where Sharon’s parents live.

Obado’s Rapogi home is within the 20km.

Obado hit the ground running after his release and hosted Deputy President William Ruto during his tour of Migori.

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