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Kobia ordered to court as 4 accomplices charged over kidnap

Alvin Anzaya (right),Nelson Moyi (second from right),John Mutwiri (second from left) and Martin Mwangi at the Milimani law courts on Friday,March 24 where alongside businessman Paul Kobia who was not in court were charged with kidnapping a Congolese man Londole Iseka Blanchard.They were each granted Shs 500 000 cash bail by Magistrate Francis Andayi/CFM NEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Controversial businessman Paul Kobia has been ordered to appear in court Monday to answer charges of kidnapping, assault and being disorderly in public.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi issued summons requiring Kobia to present himself in court after he failed to show up Friday to plead to the charges.

Lawyer Kiraithe Wandugi told magistrate Andayi that his client was involved in a road accident on Thika Road on Saturday sustaining serious injuries hence the need to go for further examination.

Kobia’s four accomplices – Alvin AnZaya, Nelson Muyi, John Mutwiri and Martin Mwangi – however pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and assaulting a Congolese national, Londole Iseka Blanchard and were released on Sh500,000 cash bail each pending trial.

The businessman was arrested at his home in early March and locked up in Kilimani Police Station over the abduction of Iseka who it was said owed him Sh40 million.

He is also said to have assaulted a man who was treated for head injuries at a city hospital.

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