A Kibera court on Friday, April 9, ordered a university student and her businessman friend to remain in custody until key witnesses in a sex trafficking case against them testify first.
Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Boke issued the order after dismissing a bail application by the accused persons namely, Faith Washiali Bwibo, who is also a university student, and Abdirizak Adan Abdullahi.
In her ruling, the magistrate said that the court concurred with the prosecution’s objection to release the accused persons on bail.
Boke ruled that the offence against the two is serious, and if granted bond, they are likely to intimidate with witnesses since one of them,Abdullahi, is also a licensed gun holder.
She directed the case to be mentioned on April 20, for pre-trial.
According to the prosecution, the offence was committed on March 20, 2021, at South C’s Mugoya Estate in Nairobi County.
Bwibo has reportedly been luring girls to the home of a suspected serial rapist in Nairobi.
It is alleged that Bwibo invited the girls for fun-filled parties in South C Estate, only for them to be coerced into satisfying a male friend’s sexual needs.
According to the charge sheet, Bwibo unlawfully and knowingly transported a woman, only identified as FJK, for sexual exploitation by means of deception.
Abdullahi had an alternate charge of committing an indecent act with an adult by touching the complainant’s breasts.
In the second count of malicious damage to property, the accused is said to have damaged the complainant’s mobile phone, an iPhone 8 valued at Sh40,000.
The prosecution said that on same day about 2pm, the complainant received a call from her friend Bwibo who invited her together with other friends to a party at about 4pm.
After they arrived at the agreed place, the girls said Bwibo requested an Uber for them as she had not yet arrived. However, they later met up and went to Carnivore Grounds.
While at Carnivore Grounds, the group was introduced to Bwibo’s friend, Abdullahi.
Prosecutors told the court that Bwibo had been inviting girls to Abdullahi’s house where they were allegedly raped and assaulted.
Some of them claimed that they were threatened with death if they did not fulfill Abdullahi’s wishes, the court heard.
He faces similar accusations from four women.
The latest complainant is a university student who is said to have attended a party, following Bwibo’s invitation.
She told Lang’ata police that Abdullahi sexually assaulted her and damaged her phone valued at Sh40,000 when she rejected his advances.
Following the police report, the two suspects were arrested on April 2 but Abdullahi’s arrest was dramatic as he enjoyed protection from his neighbours, some of whom are senior defense forces personnel.
Several attempts to take him into custody were thwarted by the armed security officers before detectives finally got him.
Prosecutors told the court that some victims were driven to the outskirts of Naivasha town and left in the wilderness in a bid to silence them.
Abdullahi reportedly sent emissaries to convince one of the complainants to settle their case out of court.