28 bank accounts linked to controversial Kenyan preacher, Ezekiel Odero has been frozen for 30 days.
Recall that Pastor Ezekiel Odero was arrested and taken in for questioning over the alleged indoctrination and deaths of his church members.
Ezekiel was questioned by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives about a morgue, Milele Funeral Home, built close to his church. It was gathered that several morgue employees confirmed several deaths at his church.
His bank accounts were frozen following an application by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). The agency accused him of engaging in money laundering and organ harvesting.
The DCI in its affidavit stated that Pastor Ezekiel is suspected to be involved in the criminal acts due to his close association with Pastor Paul Mackenzie who is currently in police custody over Shakahola massacre.
They said the accounts at Equity Bank, Co-op Bank, KCB and HFC Banks have been receiving huge transactions which they suspect are proceeds of illicit cash Mackenzie has been receiving from his victims.
Detectives are now asking the court to allow them access to the bank accounts with fears that the said cash might be transferred therefore distorting the investigations process.
Detectives are now asking the court to allow them access to the bank accounts with fears that the said cash might be transferred therefore distorting the investigations process. “The investigations will enable the applicant to collate confirmatory evidence regarding the financial flow as per allegations,” part of the affidavit by Martin Munene – an officer attached at DCI read.
Meanwhile, Pastor Ezekiel’s plea at the High Court in Mombasa seeking to bar the State from freezing the accounts will be heard on Tuesday, May 9.
Ezekiel stated that freezing his account will interfere with ongoing projects in his church. “The operations of the church, including ongoing construction and development projects within the church premises, will stand paralyzed,” court papers read.