Mathe wa Ngara released! Teresia Wanjiru’s lawyer to sue for wrongful arrest
Ms Teresia Wanjiru, a woman caught up in an alleged mistaken identity case during a drug den raid in Ngara, Starehe Sub-County, has been released by the court.
Magistrate Njeri Thuku granted her release on a Sh50,000 cash bail and imposed certain conditions for her release.
Ms Wanjiru’s release comes after she was arrested on August 15, 2023, alongside three other individuals: Eugene Jumba, Hillary Jumbo, and Sheila Withers.
The raid by law enforcement personnel resulted in the alleged recovery of Sh13 million from the scene.
Magistrate Thuku’s decision includes a requirement for Ms Wanjiru to provide contact details for two individuals, one of whom must be a blood relative. These individuals are expected to appear before the JKIA law courts within seven days to submit a social report pertaining to Ms Wanjiru.
Throughout the proceedings, Ms Wanjiru has vehemently maintained her innocence, asserting that she was not involved in any illicit drug-related activities. Instead, she stated that her occupation centered around running a quick food hotel.
Her lawyer Mr Brian Khisa, told Nairobi News he intends to secure her client’s temporary release.
“Our main aim today is to ensure we secure her freedom, then from there we shall sue the DCI for wrongful arrest and also sharing her image and relating the family to one that operates like a mafia,” Mr Khisa said.
Ms Wanjiru maintains that she was arrested in an incident of mistaken identity and the police were aware of what they were doing.
Meanwhile, Ms Nancy Kigunzu, a businesswoman also known as Mathee wa Ngara was denied bail in the same case.
The court stated that Ms Kigunzu, who was arrested on August 21, 2023, is a flight risk due to her involvement in drug trafficking.
Magistrate Thuku ruled that granting her bond was not in the best interests of justice.
The businesswoman and the third accused, Eugine Jumbo, who was also denied bail, will remain in custody until the drug trafficking case is heard and decided.