The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has provided more details about Samuel Mugoh Muvota, who was shot 6 times in broad daylight at Mirema Drive, Kasarani.
Muvota was shot while inside his car on Monday afternoon after dropping his daughter from school. He was shot by a gunman who obstructed him and then fled off in a waiting car after the mission was successful.
Earlier on it was reported that Muvota ran a prostitution syndicate, whose major aim was to drug their customers by stupefying substances and then rob them off their belongings.
A further investigation into the matter revealed that Muvota began stealing from ATMs of his victims in 2011.
Detectives believe that some crooked bank officials were involved and would help him clear everything in his victims’ accounts in just minutes. He also worked with some police officers who would tip him off whenever he was being hunted.
“Muvota began his trade in 2011 by hanging around city ATM’s and offering to assist customers who had difficulties withdrawing money from their accounts. Working with crooked banking officials who would jam the teller machines once a client inserted his ATM card, Muvota would approach the client offering to assist,” DCI said, adding that he would pretend to be looking away as the victims entered their PINs to confirm their balances.
“However, since the machines eject the ATM card first, he would get hold of the card as the unsuspecting client waited for the cash,” DCI said.
At the moment, he will quickly swap the victim’s ATM and would later use to sweep his or her account clean in a different ATM booth
The thug preferred Co-operative bank and would strike at 5 pm when banks had been closed so that his victims would not be able to make inquiries about their accounts inside banks.
He advanced and started hiring “beautiful, expensive-looking women and deployed them as drinks spiking agents at various high end entertainment spots.”
Before his shooting, he ran an ATM and Sim swapping syndicate ” that operated like a mafia criminal organization, was a multi millionaire with several real estate properties scattered across the city, a fleet of vehicles and 7 wives all living lavishly from proceeds of stupefied patrons in clubs most frequented by revelers. Interestingly, none of the wives suspected that Muvota lived a double life.”
In the business, he had recruited 50 women. According to DCI, many men were hospitalized and some did not make it because of being overdosed with the stupefying substance.
“The drug was administered in doses, depending on one’s immunity. Men with high blood pressure would not wake up after the first dose. Such are the women whom Muvota deployed in different towns in shifts. In Nairobi, they frequented club Switch in Kasarani, Whisky River along Kiambu road, Red Lion in Ruaka, Oklahoma Choma Zone, Lacascada, Aroma, Backroom, Mkwanju, Dragon and all the clubs along Kamiti road from Roysambu, 44 and Zimmerman, DCI said.
Once the mission was a success in a particular town, his recruits will be transferred to a different town for cover.
Apparently, the women would disappear with their victims’ trousers, leaving them with condoms on their man hoods, thus making it hard for them to seek assistance as soon as they regain consciousness.
Muvota was responsible for clearing bills in the clubs. The ladies would order expensive drinks convincing their clients of their advantages. They all stayed in Gatunda along Kamiti corner and another one in Kahawa Wendani where he would visit them to collect stolen Phones, Identity Cards and ATM Cards. The women would then be paid handsomely, depending on how one had been industrious in a given night.
He would then call customer care agents with the stolen phones claiming he had forgotten PINs and have them reset. He would then withdraw all the cash in the accounts and then take huge loans from mobile lending applications. Muvota was so clever that he would not leave trails of his transactions.
For men who were very careful with their drink, the women will offer them energy drinks claiming that they were too drunk and “not up to the task ahead.”
His targets included politicians, businessmen, clergymen and top public servants.
Muvota had over 300 bank accounts that he duped 100 youths from Lamu to register claiming that he was a government officer conducting a recruitment for jobs. Each of the youths was required to register 3 bank accounts and new sim cards which he repossessed.
Within the past 11, Muvota was arrested over 30 times “on fraud related charges and had been in and out of almost all the courts in the city and in Kiambu county. On most occasions, he would approach the complainants with a refund for their money and the cases would collapse.”
DCI believes that his death might have been a result of a deal gone sour and his murderers fled to a neighboring county
“Detectives suspect that one of the women he had employed or an accomplice must have given him in to criminals after a deal gone sour,” DCI said.