A court in Nairobi yesterday dismissed a firearms case that had been leveled towards Migori county governor Okoth Obado. Subsequent investigations favored the governor citing that he had taken lawful stringent measures at the time of their acquisition.
At one instance, the Investigating Officer in charge of the case revealed that the firearms hitherto recovered were in legal possession at Obado’s premises.
Magistrate Joyce Ngadani thus issued the directive to have the guns returned as no further
available evidence was firmly standing.
Towards the lapse of 2018, detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had conducted an intensive five-hour search in the Nairobi and Migori residences owned by Obado where they retrieved eight guns.
EACC reportedly was trying to unravel documents which would foresee the commencement of a case against alleged charges particular to misappropriation of Ksh. 2 billion county funds.
Obado was however released in November 16, 2018, after dismissal by the court following an application to further detain him for 15 days, the turnover being firearms possession.
The release came in handy with Ksh. 500,000 bond and a similar surety or Ksh. 200,000 cash bail.
Magistate Gandani in her verdict failed to comprehend why investigators should continue
confining Obado in custody.
By Maina Eric