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Court orders seizure of narcotics suspect Joyce Akinyi’s cars

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Ms Joyce Akinyi at Kibera Law Court. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Justice Mumbi Ngugi ordered Ms Akinyi, who shot to fame over a fight for property with Nigerian Anthony Chinedu, to surrender the two vehicles and their logbooks to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.
  • In the petition certified as urgent, Assets Recovery Agency also tabled activities in her two bank accounts between 2015 and 2018, pointing to alleged illegal activities.

The High Court Thursday ordered the seizure of two vehicles belonging to drugs trafficking suspect Joyce Teresia Akinyi Ochieng.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi ordered Ms Akinyi, who shot to fame over a fight for property with Nigerian Anthony Chinedu, to surrender the two vehicles and their logbooks to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.

In the petition certified as urgent, Assets Recovery Agency also tabled activities in her two bank accounts between 2015 and 2018, pointing to alleged illegal activities.

The documents show that she opened the accounts at Stanbic Bank in 2015 and in November 10, 2015, deposited Sh20 million in one of the accounts and withdrew Sh7.7 million within 10 days. There were subsequent deposits totalling to about Sh20.7 million.

In the second account, the agency said Ms Akinyi deposited about Sh50 million between January 7, 2015 and September 21, 2018.

A huge deposit of Sh37.7 million was made on October 28 2015 and she withdrew part of the money including Sh20 million on November 10, 2015.

“That my investigations established that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the assets in issue are proceeds of crime through illegitimate trade in narcotic drug substance conducted by the respondent and has not given reasonable explanation to prove any legitimate source of income,” Mr Fredrick Muriuki, an investigator said.

In the application, ARA pleaded with the court to order the preservation of the vehicles, arguing that there are reasons to believe they are proceeds of crime.

This was after Ms Akinyi was arrested on July 13, last year together with two other suspects at her Deep West Resort in Nairobi West. They were subsequently charged with dealing in narcotic drugs before a court at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when she was found with 1,050 grammes of heroin, with a street value of Sh3.09 million.

The vehicles are two Toyotas- a KCR 521Z and KCG 856G bought in October 2016 and January 2018, respectively.

The court ordered the Director General of the National Transport and Safety Authority to place a caveat against the records of the two motor vehicles.