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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Businessman Paul Kobia arrested, disarmed and taken to hospital over Fidel’s death claims

Controversial businessman Paul Kobia has been arrested, disarmed and later moved from the police station to a hospital for mental examination. Kobia was arrested this morning at the village market in Nairobi after he caused a stir by shouting and claiming that he knew who and what killed Raila Odinga’s son the late Fidel Odinga. Police have urged the public not to take seriously any claims by the businessman as he is suspected to have mental problems. Late last year, an injured Kobia claimed to have got into a fight with Fidel at a restaurant in Kilimani and that Fidel and his bodyguards beat him up. A few months before then, kobia was involved in a gun drama incident where he admitted to have killed a robber along limuru road. He is a licenced gun holder. During Thursday morning’s incident, Kobia was in the company of Nairobi senator Mike Sonko and its Sonko's police bodyguards who arrested him.

Controversial businessman Paul Kobia was Thursday arrested, disarmed and rushed to a police station before being moved to hospital. Kobia was arrested outside Village Market by police seconded to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko after allegedly causing a stir and shouting what officials termed as “crazy and wild” things. Police later said Kobia had a mental problem. He was arrested at about 8 am. Nairobi head of CID Nicholas Kamwende confirmed Kobia had been arrested and taken to the Gigiri Police Station before being moved to hospital for “mental problems”. “Kobia has a mental problem and we have now transferred him to hospital. He has made many claims which are baseless for now because we think he has mental issues,” said Kamwende. However, acting Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi said Kobia was not arrested. “We want to clarify that Mr Kobia was taken to Gigiri Police Station by his family who wanted to be assisted in having him restrained and escorted to a psychiatrist after he started shouting incoherently and acting violently,” said Arachi. On his part, Sonko said Kobia had caused a stir at the popular shopping centre by shouting what he termed wild allegations about him and the late Fidel Odinga. “He was arrested after he kept shouting my name and he claimed to know how Fidel Odinga died. Let him let Fidel rest in peace. We have handed him to the police who say he has a mental problem,” said Sonko. Sonko said they were also searching his cars for more guns. He added they also confiscated a siren found in one of Kobia’s cars and handed it to police. “He has been invoking my name and that of the president whenever he messed up in the city. I am not part of his problems and that should be known,” said Sonko. We could not get a comment from Kobia by the time of going to press. Witnesses said they saw police in plain clothes pounce on Kobia before they bundled him into a waiting car and drove off. Police spokeswoman Ziporah Mboroki said they suspect Kobia had “run mad” and had to be taken to hospital for check-up. “He was taken to the police station before being moved to hospital because we think he has run mad,” said Mboroki. Kobia has been moving in the city in a convoy of vehicles with some fitted with sirens. Officials said they are also investigating how he owns a gun. This was after his gun was confiscated when he was involved in a shooting incident along Limuru Road, Nairobi over an alleged robbery attempt in October 2014. Kobia, who is man named in a UN report over Congo Gold smuggling claims, shot dead a robbery suspect along Parklands' Limuru Road in a botched robbery. Police said the suspect had allegedly snatched his phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 valued at Sh74,000 as he drove in a traffic jam.
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