Foreign evangelists accused of conducting military training in Kilimani hotel released on bail
Four foreigners accused of conducting military training in Kenya were released on bail by a Kahawa West Court on Thursday, September 14.
The four individuals, identified as Medjake Komlan Apelete from Togo, Adam Jones from Nigeria, and two Cameroon nationals, Clement Messi Arnold and Wakilou Dina, were arrested by a multi-agency team comprising officers from the Transnational Organised Crimes Unit and detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Each of the accused was granted bail set at Ksh 30,000, with the condition that they surrender their passports to the police.
The prosecution argued that they posed a flight risk without the surrender of their travel documents.
Police said that they were training under the umbrella of Connacce International Chaplain.
“The four were conducting training illegally in a hotel located along Argwings Kodhek Road. Officers received a tip-off, and they nabbed them,” an officer attached to the DCI told Nairobi News.
Following their arrest on Wednesday, September 13, the suspects were questioned by investigators, with initial plans to request the court to hold them for additional days. However, the court did not concur with the prosecution’s arguments for extended custody.
During the raid, another individual, Charles Olabaro, a Ugandan national, was also arrested but was subsequently released. The reasons for his release remain unclear.
The four foreign nationals arrived in Kenya on September 8, 2023, and began their training sessions the following day at a well-known hotel.
However, members of the public alerted the DCI to their activities, which were being conducted without proper documentation. It was revealed that they only possessed tourist visas.
The police waited for an opportune moment during the training sessions to make the arrests. The case against the accused is ongoing, and further investigations are expected to shed light on the nature and purpose of their military training activities in Kenya.