Kenya Police Briefly Arrest a former EAJA Official with a Trio Identity over What's is believed to be an Unsettled Debts

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    Kenya Police Briefly Arrest a former EAJA Official with a Trio Identity over What's is believed to be an Unsettled Debts

    Mogadishu– Somalia (Horn Observer) The Kenyan Police on Monday afternoon arrested a former official of the Eastern African Journalists Association (EAJA) on Monday upon arrival at JKIA International Airport in Nairobi, witnesses said and offici

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Mogadishu– Somalia (Horn Observer) The Kenyan Police on Monday afternoon arrested a former official of the Eastern African Journalists Association (EAJA) on Monday upon arrival at JKIA International Airport in Nairobi, witnesses said and officials said.

#Somalia#Terrorist suspect Omar Faruk Osman at Aden Adde International Airport in #Mogadishuhttp://t.co/SPOw1puo0F

@nusuj_somali @ifjglobal@ifex@Hassanshire@HAliGesey Ethiopian police arrested Omar Faruk over unpaid Debts.http://t.co/aVVPl4nJPt

"He was arrested yesterday at JKIA and spent night at airport police station.” An official in Nairobi who requested to remain anonymous said, "Then, he was taken to court today, that’s all I know so far”.

Witnesses also said that they have seen Omar Faruk handcuffed and escorted by the police from JKIA airport on Tuesday morning. Somali diplomats in Nairobi also confirmed the arrest, however details surrounding his case are sketchy and it is not clear if he was released on bail or still in the police custody.

Preliminary reports indicate that a Kenyan Company, Pinnacle (K) Travel and Safaris Limited filled a lawsuit against him after failing to settle debts dating back in June 2012, after Omar Faruk, at the time, subcontracted a project provided to the Eastern African Journalists Association (EAJA) by UNESCO, to the company to accommodate and host three day training held at Liaco Regency Hotel for regional journalists training that commenced on 22 June, 2012.

 Unfortunately, the project fund received from UNESCO was personally used by Faruk, as part of his corrupt practices and never paid to Pinnacle as detailed by the leaked documents from EAJA. The amount exceeds over $50,000 to date, according to EAJA.

The more than 70 page compelling classified leaked email communications dated 2012 – 2013 between Omar Faruk, UNESCO and Pinnacle and published by the Horn Observer shows how the EAJA Project money from UNESCO was swindled, fake bank transfers, and how Pinnacle was left unpaid despite continued inquiry or demand for their money to both Omar Faruk and UNESCO.

Eastern African Journalists Association (EAJA) removed him from office in late 2014 after having found corruption and fraud.

This is not the first time, Faruk gets arrested over unpaid debts. On November 2013, Ethiopian authorities arrested him over unpaid hotel and taxi bills and later deported to Somalia,after Ethiopian court in Addis Ababa ordered his deportation.

However, last year, Ethiopian authorities deported Omar Faruk again after arriving in Addis Ababa in December 2015, in an attempt to ignore his lifetime ban to Ethiopia as he tried to sneak into Ethiopia to attend a regional labor conference.



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