Two foreigners from Niger were yesterday arrested and Sh 112 Billion in fake hard currency recovered from them.
The two identified as Cameroonian Ousman Bako and Mohammed Sani alias Mustafa are said to have been fleecing both locals and foreigners a “colossal sums of money” but their 40th day had come.
Speaking to the press after the arrest of the two, Inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet said; “We believe these are the kingpins behind printing money in exchange of dollars which turn out to be fake,”
He said that the two were arrested following some intelligence reports that showed a few people had been conned of more than Sh40 million in exchange of foreign cash brought in the country from Syria.
Boinet said that the two are the kingpins and it is believed that they have some agents operating in the city which they will catch up with soon. He said that the criminal investigation department carried out the investigation and the arrest of the two.
Apart from the recovery of the $693 million (Sh71 billion) and 369 million Euros (Sh41 billion), the police also found money-printing machines, money cutters, scanners, five safes, two computers, chemicals, masks and foil paper.
The chief of police said that the department will not allow foreigners to continue engaging in criminal activities in the country. This follows a series of reports that criminals from other countries were using Nairobi as their hub.
Just recently, the government of Comoros informed the Kenya police that certain foreign individuals staying in Kenya are manufacturing fake currencies and circulating it in the economy.
Some of the well known foreigners who have been engaging in illegal business in the countries are Nigerians. According to reports by various consumer watch organizations. Some hard core criminals from Nigeria have been conning people of their hard earned money through various trick, including Mpesa agents.