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DCI probe proceeds at NCBA Bank

By Joseph Ndunda September 29th, 2022 2 min read

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says it is investigating an account at NCBA bank that received Sh29.3 million from an insurance firm between January 2020 and September 2022.

The account received the cash from APA Insurance and the DCI suspects the account was used for money laundering and the money is part of the proceeds of crime.

Detectives suspect the account holder conspired to commit a felony contrary to section 393 of the penal code.

Detective constable Elijah Seme of Dandora DCI offices made an application before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi of the Makadara Law Courts to be granted orders to obtain details of the account from the bank and the account holder’s Mpesa statements.

Seme said the matter was reported by an anonymous person who wrote to Dandora DCI offices on September 20 this year.

He sought orders to have access to books relating to the account for him to inspect, investigate, obtain information and demand to be supplied with certified copies of the account’s registration details for the period between January 1, 2020, and September 20, 2022.

The detective also sought orders to obtain any relevant documents that may aid him to complete investigations into the offence of proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering Act of 2009 conspiracy to commit a felony.

Seme was also seeking orders compelling the Chief Executive of Safaricom Kenya Limited and the NCBA Bank to nominate authorized persons to make and give him a certificate of production of electronic evidence – certified copies – generated electronically that shall be given in compliance with the order.

“The applicant (DCI) is desirous of obtaining confirmatory evidence on the alleged money trail for the state to have a well-founded case against the holder of the account,” the application reads in part.

“Details that the applicant is desirous of obtaining are mainly maintained electronically and thus, they fall under electronic evidence for which a certificate contemplated under section 106 b (4) of the evidence Act chapter 80 of laws of Kenya is applicable.”

Safaricom and banks do not give investigators such details without orders of the courts.

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