DTB boss linked to 14 Riverside terrorist attack pleads not guilty


DTB Manager Sophia Njoki Mbogo
DTB Manager Sophia Njoki Mbogo

In Summary

  • The bank manager becomes the first person to be charged in relation to the January Dusit complex terror attack, this even as others are held under miscellaneous applications.
  • She was charged that on diverse dates between December 4, 2018 and January 5, 2019 at Diamond Trust Bank Eastleigh Branch within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court, being a branch manager, failed to report suspicious activity involving transactions carried out at the branch amounting to Ksh.34,736,550.

Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Eastleigh branch manager Sophia Njoki Mbogo has been charged at Nairobi Milimani Law Courts with three counts relating to aiding the flow of money linked to the Nairobi Dusit terror attack on January 15, 2019.

The bank manager becomes the first person to be charged in relation to the January Dusit complex terror attack, this even as others are held under miscellaneous applications.

Njoki appeared before Nairobi Milimani Law Courts Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi where she denied three counts of failure to report suspicion regarding proceeds of crime, aiding and abetting the commission of a terrorist act and failure to report cash transactions against the law.

She was charged that on diverse dates between December 4, 2018 and January 5, 2019 at Diamond Trust Bank Eastleigh Branch within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court, being a branch manager, failed to report suspicious activity involving transactions carried out at the branch amounting to Ksh.34,736,550.

In second count, Njoki was charged that on similar dates and place, aided and abetted the commission of a terrorism act which is ‘The Dusit Attack’ on the January 15, 2019 by failing to report suspicious activity involving transactions carried out at the said bank and the branch which is Ksh.34,736,550 suspected to have funded the attack.

Further, the branch manager is charged that she knowingly failed to report cash transactions carried out between December 4, 2018 and January 5, 2019 at the bank and branch to wit Ksh.34,736,550 which amounts exceeded Ksh.1 million (USD10,000) or its equivalent as per the act.

The prosecution has expressed intention to oppose bail/bond award to the accused on basis of the nature of the case.

Through her lawyer, former High Court Judge Nicholus Ombija, Njoki requested the court to release her on favorable terms on the grounds that it is unprocedural for the State to make such an application since she has been in police detention for 30 days.

State Counsel Eddie Kadebe in response said an affidavit to oppose need to be signed by an investigating officer who by the time the matter was in court was held up somewhere else.

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: | WESTLANDS UNDERWORLD | Crooks, gov’t officials named in plot to grab man’s property

Avatar
Story By Agnes Oloo
More by this author