One of the four Kasarani men in Nairobi whose bodies were found in three different districts two weeks ago had just returned to the capital from a weekend trip to Diani, Kwale district.
Elijah Omeka, whom the Nation has identified as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Kenyatta University, left Nairobi on Friday 10 June with escort of two other friends whom the Nation cannot name for security reasons.
The two friends who were not among those killed indicated that Omeka had no money and that they had funded the Diani getaway.
Causing a riot
The duo further revealed that they had traveled to Mombasa per train and that one of their friends was arrested at the Nairobi standard gauge railway terminus for causing a disturbance.
The nation learned that as soon as word reached Frank Obegi, who was the best known of the four men killed due to his social media activities, that Omeka was back from Mombasa, he tried to contact the doctoral student. Unable to reach Omeka, Obegi texted a mutual friend, identified only as Lameck, asking for the whereabouts of the graduate student.
“Do you have any money for drinks? Party,” Obegi asked.
Also included in the drink schedule was Fred Obare, Obegi’s neighbor at Seasons in Kasarani.
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Moses Nyachae, who lived about two kilometers away in Santon, apologized as he had no money and had outstanding matters regarding his online writing account.
Obegi and Obare then drove to Roysambu on the opposite side of the Thika highway and ordered a round of Senator Keg beer while waiting for Omeka to reappear.
According Family members and a WhatsApp group whose four friends I was mbers and whose content the nation has seen, Omeka was never to reappear. The caretakers of the apartments where Obegi and Obare lived told the nation that after they left on Tuesday, June 14 afternoon, the pair never returned to their homes.
Obegi and Obare’s bodies were discovered five days later at the same location in Lari, Kiambu County, along with those of Kasarani politician Joseph Njau and Perminus Wanjohi, raising the possibility that they were all kidnapped by the same people and were murdered >
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White Honda Fit
No one knows when Omeka was kidnapped. He is reported to have left his home in Kamaki’s, off the east bypass in Nairobi, in a white Honda Fit, registration number KCL 233G, on June 14, the day he was due to meet Obegi and Obare.
Omeka’s wife, Doreen Makena, called Nyachae a day later, only to find that Obegi’s and Obare’s phones were also off.
The two reported the matter to Kasarani Police Station at 10 am on Thursday, June 16.
Separated at the gate
Makena says they both left the guard safely and parted at the gate.
After that, Nyachae left town where he was supposed to pick up a package his mother sent from Kisii had.
The package, which contained a bunch of bananas, beans, and sweet potatoes, was to be shared between Nyachae and his sister, who lived in Machakos le bt.
The nation has learned this n two days earlier, Nyachae had called his mother and told her he had nothing to eat.
“I told him to tell his sister what I sent him,” Nyachae’s mother Priscilla said when the nation visited her home in Keroka.
“The bus company I used to send the package wrote to me at noon on the 16th saying the package was picked up by Moses Nyachae, then his sister called at 5pm and said his phone was off and the package hadn’t arrived at Machakos,” said Nyachae’s mother, adding that she spoke to her son at 8 a.m. the day he disappeared.
From our analysis of the times and circumstances under which the four friends disappeared, we can report that on the afternoon of Tuesday near Roysambu , June 14.
Omeka, for his part, was kidnapped after leaving his home in Kamakis on the same day that Nyachae was kidnapped on June 16, after picking up the package in town and dropping it off in Magadi, Kajiado County.
Interestingly despite the availability of technology that would have helped in retrieving cellphone records could have helped, which in turn could have shown who these men last communicated with and where their devices were turned off, no one could explain their final moments.
No CCTV footage was provided to show the movement of Omeka’s car, although surveillance cameras were in place on all the city’s main streets.
Omeka’s severely mutilated body was found in the morgue of Machakos Hospital on June 25, more than 11 days after leaving his home to meet his friends. His right leg had been chopped off and placed alongside the rest of the body. The chest had reportedly been “ripped open”.
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I wanted them dead
That the four friends kidnapped within 48 hours and in Magadi, Lari and Machakos, more than 60 kilometers away , deposited from where they were last seen, shows that whoever wanted them dead wanted it so badly.
Furthermore, the murders were so clinically conducted that it would be difficult to figure out who did it and why.
“Even though Obegi’s body was severely mutilated, we are glad we laid him to rest. I implore the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta to investigate why young men are being killed,” Obegi’s father, Evans Moses, said during his funeral in Bogwendo village, Nyamira County on Tuesday.
Interestingly, the police have yet to take statements from the four men’s families and no one seems to know which police department is directing the investigation between Kasarani and Lari.
The only An The day the bodies of the four were found came an update from police in which Kasarani Division Police Commander Peter Mwanzo said “they led an unexplained life with an unexplained source of wealth”.
“We are still investigating whether word has got around that they were involved in online cryptocurrency-related scams,” the police chief said.
But with the After the police found out about the murders and the Be When the four men were all due to be completed next week, we may never know. Well, who wanted these friends dead and why.
The nation noted that Omeka was the oldest and most successful financially.
In addition to the Honda Fit, he also owned a Toyota Prado and lived in his own home at Kamaki’s.
Visiting their homes, all located within a 20 km radius in Kitutu Masaba, Nyamira County that Omeka’s family is relatively wealthier. Aside from living in a sizable mansion, his family also owns a block of tenements in the Omogonchoro market along the Kisii–Nyamira road.
The Nation also noted that Obare and Nyachae, who were from the villages of Nyambaria and Riomanga, had been students at Kenyatta University but never graduated. Like Obegi, the two came from very humble backgrounds.
The youngest of the four
Obegi, the youngest of the four at at least 10 years old, came to Nairobi in 2016 , after graduating from Cardinal Otunga High School in Kisii with his Kenyan secondary school leaving certificate.
He then enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in ICT at Multi Media University a .
Obare and Nyachae were admitted to Kenyatta University and would have graduated in 2011.
At the Kenyatta studies, the two young men became friends with Omeka, who had been admitted to a business-related course. Those who knew them said they were ordinary village boys who came to town, but somewhere along the way they stumbled upon a mysterious source of money that made college education seem irrelevant.
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The young men provided cash on display at the student center and could be seen driving around; a status symbol on campus.
Then they all moved out of the dormitories to the neighboring Kahawa Wendani property.
In addition to providing alternative housing, Kahawa Wendani was the business hub for the Kenyatta University community.
Here enterprising students could earn money by doing term papers, term papers, and online -Examinations passed on behalf of clients in developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
The illegal business known as online writing is among Kenyan university students become so popular that some just open accounts and sell them to your peers.
Money from the Internet
Such an account can be worth at least 20,000 Bring in Sh per month. This is where Omeka, Obare and Nyachae discovered they could make money on the internet.
“We moved from KU to Wendani with these guys and then they moved to Kasarani after themselves her fortunes had improved,” said a source who was her college colleague and friend.
While they lived in Kahawa Wendani and made a living from writing online, they did they suspect that they have discovered a more lucrative and probably riskier source of income.