Man Who Planned To Bomb KICC Jailed For 20 Years – Eagle News Feed

A terrorist who was found guilty of conspiracy to bomb the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Victor Odede Bwire

A terrorist who was found guilty of conspiracy to bomb the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Victor Odede Bwire

A terrorist who was found guilty of conspiracy to bomb the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) was Friday sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Victor Odede Bwire was charged that together with others he conspired to commit an act of terror at KICC in January 2019.

He further faced a separate charge of collecting information to aid a terror act.

In count number 1, Bwire was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and in the second count 20 years.

The court ruled that the sentences will run concurrently.

Milimani Law Court Magistrate Bernard Ochoi ruled that had the attack been successful, the impact would have been dire.

According to the pre-sentencing report, the KICC building can accommodate up to 10,000 guests at a time.

The magistrate noted that the building houses VIPs and it’s an icon and landmark building in Kenya.

Odede who is a cousin to Elgiva Bwire, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, told the court that he had been duped into the act due to depression to make it in life.

He asked the court to give him a non-custodial sentence.

However, the prosecution on its part told the court that Odede together with wanted suspect Mohammed Abdakla were conspiring and collected information on KICC with the intention of bringing the building down.

On the said date in Umoja, Nairobi, Odede collected and transmitted, information on the security arrangements of the KICC using his phone to the holder of a Facebook account Mohamed Yare Abdalla.

The prosecution submitted that the information was intended for use in the commission of a terror act.

Odede was arrested while collecting data on KICC and conveyed the same to his Somalia-based handler identified as Mohamud Abdi Aden alias Mohamed Yare Abdalah via Facebook.

Yare is a wanted terrorist linked to the planning and facilitation of the Dusit attack on January 15, 2019, that claimed the lives of 22 people.

Odede was part of a team deployed by al-Shaabab to collect information in preparation for major attacks targeting crowded areas in Kenya including KICC, Supreme Court, and NSSF building before police thwarted their plans.

He travelled to Elwak in Mandera in November 2018 where he stayed with his handler Mohamed Yare who briefed him on plans by al-Shaabab to attack Kenya and his role to make the terror group’s mission successful.

Yare was arrested in April 2014 after he was found collecting information for al-Shaabab to conduct terror attacks in Nairobi and later acquitted by the court citing technicalities in 2017.

He relocated to Somalia to continue fighting for Al Shabaab in Somalia.

Yare met Elgiva Oliacha Bwire while in prison who connected him to Odede in May 2018, investigations show.

Odede was a frequent visitor to Elgiva while he was serving his sentence at Naivasha Maximum Prison.

On several occasions, Elgiva received money from Yare and shared it with Odede and other al-Shaabab fighters to fund their activities as well as look after their families, police investigations show.

Upon receiving some training and tasks, Odede travelled back to Nairobi by bus loaded with cash to facilitate his terror activities in Nairobi.

On his way, Odede collected data on the number of roadblocks and security officers manning them as well as brainstorm on the possibility of moving firearms using the same route to Nairobi without detection.

Odede was also said to have collected data on the Nairobi-Moyale route and security checks while doing a round trip on a motorbike from Nairobi to Moyale and he shared the same with his handler Yare.

Odede’s data from the Nairobi-Moyale route was used by the al-Shaabab terror group four months later to enable the movement of the Dusitd2 attacker Osman Ahmed Hassan Elmi alias Osman Ibrahim Gedi who crossed into Kenya in early January 2019 to lay ground for the attack.

Odede who was born and brought up in Eastleigh and Dandora converted to Islam in 2008 after completing of his secondary school education at St. Augustine in Lukhuna, Western Kenya before joining Kenya Polytechnic now Technical University of Kenya (TUK) where he pursued a course in Medical Records and Information Technology.

Odede defended himself saying Yare was a sugar merchant and his trip to Moyale on a motorbike was meant to check whether the police would ‘disturb’ him on the way.

On surveillance at KICC, the convict said Abdalla wanted to hold a Somali cultural event at the iconic building sometime in 2019 and sought for details about the area.

Senior principal magistrate Benard Ochoi said an exhibitor would be interested in knowing about the price for holding an exhibition, ambience and accessibility among others.

As part of the process, Odede was also asked to drop anything identified with him including mobile phones, identity cards and Facebook accounts.

To acquire new mobile phones, he was asked to pick up lost identity cards and register a new line.

He later opened three Facebook accounts, Sadik Ali Mose, Kimsam, Soze Keziah, which he would communicate with Abdalla in Somalia.

He was also asked to purchase three books after being sent money and confirm whether he was ready for Hijrah, sought of emigration for the sake of Allah.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who testified through mutual legal assistance, told the court that the communication on Facebook found its way to an accomplice in Somalia.

In the ruling, the magistrate said although circumstantial, all the evidence pointed out that Odede was conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

Beryl Onyango

Beryl Onyango is a CPA and economics degree holder who has dedicated her career to helping others navigate the complex world of finance. Beryl has spent the past 3 years working as a finance specialist in a fintech company and has 6 years of experience in finance, working with a diverse range of clients and industries. Beryl's expertise lies in budgeting, saving, investing, and retirement planning, but she also has a deep understanding of various other areas of finance. She is interested in financial technology and how it changes how we manage our finances. As a finance writer, Beryl has been sharing her insights and knowledge through her writing, covering various finance and personal finance topics. Her goal is to educate and empower individuals to take control of their finances and achieve their financial goals. In addition to her professional experience, Beryl is a lifelong learner, always seeking to expand her knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in finance. She is also a strong communicator, able to explain complex financial concepts in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Beryl believes that financial literacy is the key to achieving financial success, and she is dedicated to helping others achieve their financial goals.

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