Timson Tiekam Babila, suspect

By: Elijah Maingi

A Cameroonian National is the newest guest of state after he was arrested for falsely obtaining money from an Australian investor based in Kenya.

Timson Tiekam Babila alias Jeremy, was arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ Economic and Social Crimes Unit (ECCU) detectives on Wednesday at a hotel in Kilimani area following a tip off from the complainant.

The 36-year-old believed to be a ‘wash wash’ specialist was arrested together with two other accomplices, Ernest Abeng Ahuo and Ayong Ronald Aku, all Cameroonian citizens.

According to preliminary investigations by the DCI, Babila entices his clients by duping them that they will make quick cash after cleaning their fake dollars and turning them into real money. In order to make this happen, the suspect first asks his victims for genuine money for the purchase of chemicals and other materials used to clean the fake notes, usually locked steel boxes.

An Australian investor with business interests in Kenya and Dubai had advanced 0.8 million, to the scoundrels, before he discovered that he had been ‘washed’. In a bid to recover his hard-earned money, he made a report at the ECCU offices in DCI’s headquarters and the detectives immediately went for the suspects.

A trap was laid at a local establishment and the suspect together with his abettors, fell for it hoping to make a killing of a lifetime. However, hawk-eyed detectives who had taken vantage positions in the hotel pounced on the three and arrested them as they made their way in, in which a heavy, black, steel box was recovered from the suspects.

According to DCI, the trio live in Ruaka, Kiambu County, that has become synonymous with ‘wash wash’ suspects, who live fake live stealing from hardworking businessmen.

The three will remain in custody awaiting processing by the detectives to answer to their crimes.

The DCI is urging any other person who might have fallen victim to the fraudster’s tricks, to report to the officer in charge of the Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit at the DCI headquarters.

A few months ago, blogger Edgar Obare had mentioned some of the famous people who might be associated with the illegal ‘wash wash’ business in the country.

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