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Foreigners arrested for using tourist visas to conduct military training in Nairobi

Four foreigners were arrested for gaining access to Kenya disingenuously and conducting military training while on a tourist visa.

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).

They were accused of using tourist visas to come to Kenya and later conduct military-related training at a hotel along Argwings Kodhek.

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.

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.

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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.

Police have been conducting operations targeting foreigners who are in the country illegally.

Some of those targeted are believed to be involved in various forms of crimes including narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

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