Moyale cash heist: Equity Bank manager, Wells Fargo officer detained

Moyale cash heist: Equity Bank manager, Wells Fargo officer detained

Two suspects linked to the Equity Bank Moyale cash heist have been detained for 10 days to allow police to complete investigations into the theft of Ksh. 42 million.

Roba Diba Boru (Operation Manager at Equity Bank Moyale) and Langat Kipngetich Nelson (employee at Wells Fargo Limited) were however not charged with any criminal offense.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the two were aware of regulations and security standards. They could have directed the pilot not to land at the airstrip at that time because no proper security measures had been put in place,” the affidavit reads in part.

According to police, the operations manager had been duly informed of the arrival of the money in question and was on duty on the material day.

Kipngetich, a cash counting officer had been assigned to escort the money.

However, upon arrival at the OODA Airstrip Moyale it is alleged that three armed persons emerged out of the blue, ordered those in the aircraft–including the pilot–to lay down on the ground.

The gangsters then reportedly made away with the money on a motorbike.

On Tuesday, the court allowed an application from the Prosecution to have the two remanded at the Kilimani Police Station.

According to the Prosecution, if the two suspects are released, they will interfere and intimidate probable key witnesses.

The court had earlier been told how detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Moyale arrested the duo but later released them.

The suspects were however arrested again and escorted to Nairobi.

The matter will be mentioned on October 2, 2019 for further direction.