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UoN Student Charged for Trying To Con Gov. Alfred Mutua, Pretending To Be Singer Avril Nyambura

A university student was on Thursday afternoon charged in an Athi River court after attempting to con Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua of Kshs.50,000 by false pretense.

24-year-old Alex Anyoro Keye, an Economics student at the University of Nairobi contacted Mutua pretending to be singer Avril Nyambura, asking for money to help ‘her’ fund the launch of her upcoming album.

Speaking about the incident, Mutua said, “I got a message from a person purporting to be Avril asking me to financially help fund ‘her’ upcoming album. However, I was suspicious and sought to set an operation with the police to determine the authenticity of the sender.”
The accused pleaded guilty and in his defense argued that he is still a student at the University of Nairobi; he is the breadwinner of his family and that he had so much wanted to meet Governor Dr. Mutua who is seen by many as the most hardworking among his colleagues.

Police were shocked to find in the possession of Alex a notebook with phone numbers of all Governors, Senators and other prominent personalities in the country. According to Mavoko DCIO Mr. David Wangai, the accused also has the ability to change his voice to that of a woman.
“I am extremely shocked to see young people use my name to extort money from innocent people. I am glad that the police moved very fast to unearth this evil activity and that will go a long way in helping would-be victims from falling for the traps of these extortionists,” said an evidently shocked Avril.

Alex was discharged under section 35(1) of the penal code before Hon. P. Ooko (Acting Presiding Magistrate) and warned not to commit any criminal offence within a year.

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