33 Nigerians arrested in Roysambu over suspicion of drug peddling
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Thursday arrested 33 Nigerians in Kasarani who have been masquerading as students to as a smoke screen for drug peddling.
Also in police custody is a bar owner who runs his business behind Thika Road Mall (TRM) and who the police say is an accomplice of the immigrants.
According to Kasarani OCS Robinson Mboloi, the detectives nabbed a total of 34 immigrants, including one Eritrean.
“Detectives managed to arrest 35 suspects, a bar owner and 34 illegal immigrants who have been posing as students and operating businesses around the United States International University-Africa (USIU) and Kenyatta University (KU) after public outcry,” said Mboloi.
He added that the suspects have also been terrorising area residents and are believed to be behind a spate of bank robberies in the city.
The suspects will be arraigned before the Kiambu Law Courts on Thursday.
Roysambu is populated by many foreign nationals, with Nigerians being the most predominant.
In August 2018, 19 Nigerian nationals were arrested in Umoja, Kasarani and Roysambu estates in Nairobi over suspected internet scam targeting Kenyan Facebook users.
The police and detectives involved in the swoop said the scam starts with a simple Facebook friend request.
After their target accepts the seemingly harmless request, the fraudsters then initiate a friendly chat promising the victim goodies to be sent through DHL at the airport.
The fraudsters then follow up a day or thereafter by engaging the victim who receives a call from someone pretending to be an attendant at the DHL office asking for payment of clearance fees for the promised parcel.