Police have arrested three people in Westlands, Nairobi after finding strange objects in one of apartments in the area.
According to police, the strange items in form of animal skin and beads are believed to be used by the suspects for witchcraft purposes.
In another room, the police also found fake money estimated to be worth over Sh1 billion.
The flying squad team following a tip off raided the home on Monday only to find huge amounts of fake notes in form of Euros, Dollars and Pounds hidden in one of the rooms of the three-bedroom house. The police say that one suspect managed to escape, but one of the suspects by the name Abdullah Tamba from Mali is believed to be the mastermind of the whole crime and has been living in the country as an immigrant for ten years.
According to the officer in charge of the Flying Squad Musa Yego, the suspects are immigrants and have been carrying out illegal activities in the country, the men have been conning desperate Kenyans with empty promises of making them wealthy using witchcraft.
“Kenyans come to them with hopes of becoming wealthy only for them to end up in poverty. They have been duping desperate citizens whereby they ask them to come with a certain amount of money and pretend to pray for them through witchcraft rituals and in exchange they are given huge amounts of foreign currencies which in real sense are fake. They are conning them to believe that they go back as wealthy people yet they are actually stealing from them,” he explained.
He added that they were in pursuit of the fourth suspect who escaped and were also working on getting more details on the other two suspects who they believe are from Chad.
“We are warning Kenyans about conmen and telling anyone who feels like they were victims of this operation to come and report to us specifically if they were duped by these suspects,” he said.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in August took his war against illegal immigrants a notch higher by sharing a hotline number for Kenyans to report suspicious foreigners.
Members of the public were asked to report illegal immigrants through the toll free number 0745-660-151.
The Department of Immigration Services has this year clamped on illegal immigrants on orders by the Interior boss.
The toll free number was shared on the official Twitter handle of the Immigration Department, but there was no elaboration on what the public should look out for in identifying illegal immigrants.