Edgar Obare's Legal Woes With DCI Deepen

Edgar in hot soup

By  | Mar 05, 2021, 09:32 AM  | Edgar Obare  | Drama

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Blogger Edgar Obare was arrested on Thursday and held by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). He was accused of fraud by the sleuths.

In a series of Tweets, the DCI claimed that Obare recruited women and used then to blackmail wealthy Kenyans by tainting their reputation online and demanding money to ‘clear’ their names.

According to the DCI, the blogger and a woman identified as Desy Oduor attempted to obtain Sh10 million from a Kenyan governor.

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The sleuths further alleged that Oduor had lied that she was pregnant by the governor and used by Obare to extort money.

"In the current case facing the fraudster, one Desy Oduor Achieng his co-accused had been coached how to stalk a prominent governor with the hope of extorting Sh.10 Million from him."

"Obare had shared the governor’s number with her and instructed her to tell him that she was pregnant with his child & that she would tell the whole world about their little secret. When the governor did not respond, she was instructed to threaten him that she would share photos that they had allegedly taken in compromising situations but the governor did not respond," DCI said.

The criminal investigators further claimed that Obare used his social media to expose the governor.

"Dejected that their plan wasn’t working, Edgar took to his social media pages accusing the governor of impregnating a lady and failing to take responsibility. The supposedly pregnant lady wasn’t aware that all along, Edgar was taking screenshots of their conversations & her photos which he posted alongside his claims. Fearing the repercussions of Edgar’s actions, she reported the matter to DCI offices in Nyali. Detectives have since established that the lady isn’t pregnant as she had claimed," the sleuth's statement said.

"Further, the lady has said that she has never met the governor, adding that she had only been recruited by Edgar, to extort money from the governor. She has since been arrested alongside her tutor Edgar Obare and they will face Publishing false information charges, contrary to sec.23 of the computer misuse and cybercrime act, 2018," it continued.

Last year, Obare was charged with unlawfully publishing private and personal details of a YouTube vlogger Natalie Tewa.

He was arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts where he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on Sh100,000 bail and an option of Sh300,000 bond.

His charge read: “On diverse dates between July 9, 2020, and July 13, 2020, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, using social media accounts, domain name, www.bnn.ke, and verified Instagram account @edgarobare, unlawfully disclosed to your followers personal data of visa belonging to Natalie Wanjiru Githinji without her consent.”

The controversial vlogger pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts.

Any person who commits an offence under Section 72 of the Data Protection Act shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Sh3 million or to an imprisonment term not exceeding 10 years, or both.
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