Their lives read like a movie script- Frank Obegi, Elijah Omeka, Fred Obare and Moses Nyachae — who mysteriously disappeared before their bodies were found in Kijabe Forest and Magadi — led a lavish lifestyle but everything about their riches was shrouded in ambiguity.
Preliminary investigations has established that the killers of five men whose bodies were found in three different locations deleted their social media accounts.
In more astounding details, the culprits had time to torture them and demand passwords to their accounts before they dumped their bodies in Lari and Kiserian areas, Kiambu County.
Obegi, Nyachae, Obare and Omeka who were friends went missing on Tuesday last week in Kasarani area in Nairobi.
Obegi who was a Twitter trendsetter had money, was always on the move and could be seen in Mombasa enjoying. Nyachae’s brother Boaz Nyakwara said the deceased was a student at Kenyatta University in Ruiru and was scheduled to graduate this year.
Obare who lived in Sunton area, Kasarani, is well known in entertainment spots in the area.
To neighbors, he was the guy who did academic writing. This is also what his parents say.
“He was always in the house and rarely came out. At times he would come in top-of-the-range cars. We are also shocked that his life could end in such a manner,” said a neighbor.
It has emerged that Obare was arrested last year after he conned a man of his money through cryptocurrency deals.
He was taken to Kasarani Police station and later picked up by detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at Ruiru police station.
“When he was brought here (Ruiru Police Station) both parties agreed to solve the matter out of court and we decided to let it go,” a detective privy to the matter said.
Obare was last seen in the company of wife, Ms Stephanie Mburu, before he received a call from a woman only identified as Maureen, who is said to be Omeka’s wife, to join her at Kasarani Police station. They were going there to report Omeka’s disappearance.
It remains unclear why Maureen decided to make a report at Kasarani Police Station near where Obare lived, which is some 20 kilometres away from Kamakis on the Eastern by-pass where she and Omeka lived.
On Twitter, Frank Obegi was a well-known influencer. He became the talk of town in 2016 after some people accused him of plagiarising work and posting it as his own. Kenyans on Twitter further joked that his plagiarism was going overboard and he should be arrested.
On Tuesday, Mr Peter Mwanzo, the OCPD Kasarani, said: “Only one of them was living within Kasarani Sub County, but they were all friends. Our preliminary investigations have shown that they led an unexplained life with an unexplained source of wealth. We are still investigating whether they engaged in online fraud linked to cryptocurrency as word has been going round.”
Their close associates claim that they usually took flights around the country and bought bottles of expensive drinks whenever they were with friends.
“In all the times we drank together, the least any of them paid was Sh20,000,” said one of their friends.