NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Former rugby player Alex Olaba was on Thursday night arrested by undercover detectives over an alleged plot to murder a key witness in a rape case he is facing alongside compatriot Frank Wanyama.
According to police sources, Olaba was arrested as he met undercover detectives in Nairobi last night to allegedly plan the said murder.
He was arrested in Madaraka Estate and spent the night Kilimani Police Station.
Olaba was arraigned before a Nairobi Court on Friday with police seeking 10 days to detain him and conclude investigations.
Police further reveal that the rugby player is said to have sought the help of individuals to execute the plot to eliminate the key witness, but unknown to him, the individuals turned out to be undercover cops who pounced on him.
“At the point of his arrest, he was planning the murder,” a detective privy to the incident told Capital Sports.
Already, two of his mobile phones are set to undergo forensic analysis, as detectives seek to unravel the extent of his plans and whether he had sought help from any other person.
Olaba and Wanyama were released on a cash bail of Sh300,000 by Milimani Law Court magistrate Zainab Abdul after they pleaded not guilty to charges of gang rape and committing an indecent act.
This was after they had been released and a re-trial ordered after The High Court quashed their conviction and 15-years imprisonment after it ruled that there was no evidence that one of the key witnesses in the case was sworn in before taking to the stand.
The two are alleged to have committed the rape offence on an upcoming musician on February 11, 2018, at an apartment in Highrise estate in Nairobi.
Additional reporting by Joseph Muraya