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Illegal Nigerian immigrant to serve three years in Kenyan prison

A Nigerian who has twice been declared an illegal immigrant by the government of Kenya was on Friday sentenced to three years in jail by a Nairobi court.

While delivering the sentence to Mr Inobemhe Peter Emmanuel, Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo said the convict was a threat to national Security having been deported in March 11 2015 and again in June 2016 after being declared an unwanted person by Cabinet Secretary Internal Security Major General (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery.

Mr Ogembo said the accused disobedience to the ministerial directive was a serious one which deserves a custodial sentence to serve as a warning to other dissidents.

The accused, who was represented by lawyer John Swaka, pleaded for leniency saying he was remorseful. He was however handed  custodial sentence without an option of fine.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

State prosecutor Duncan Ondimu had urged the magistrate to stamp the authority of the Laws of Immigration for foreigners who abuse the country’s generosity.

Mr Ondimu said Mr Inobemhe, was first arrested in June 21, 2013 and later declared by the then acting Minister in charge of Immigration, Prof Githu Muigai, an illegal immigrant.

Mr Inobemhe was deported to Nigeria but later sneaked back into the country. On September 13 2013 he was charged with drug trafficking alongside Virginia Wakini Wangechi.

The case is still pending in court and will be heard on November 8, 2016.

The prosecution further stated that on March 11, 2015, the accused was declared an unwanted person and deported to Nigeria on orders of CS Joseph Nkaissery.

PLEADED GUILTY

He sneaked back into the country on September 28, 2016, but was arrested at Kayole and charged with flouting the ministerial order and being in Kenya illegally.

The accused, who pleaded guilty to the charges, told the court that he is married to a Kenyan woman with whom he has four school going children.

“Mr Inobemhe was arrested when he went to complain at the Kayole Police Station that some people were extorting money from him,” Mr Swaka mitigated.

He said that the accused was not in Kenya for bad intentions but to fend for his children and wife and asked the court to to have Mr Inobemhe deported.

The court granted the accused 14 days to appeal.