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Fallen gangster's past haunts family

12 February 2013, 18:03 Ngarae Elias

The family of a Nyeri business tycoon is being haunted by his criminal past three months after police killed him while on a mission to rob a bank in Nakuru town.

Financial institutions and savings and credit co-operative organisations have contracted auctioneers to attach five vehicles left behind by Erastus Gikandi in a bid to recover loans amounting to millions of shillings which they had advanced to him before his death.

The action came after it dawned on them that they could have been duped into advancing the gang member loans using dubious vehicle ownership documents.

Among the vehicles targeted are three Isuzu lorries, a nine-seater safari-customed 4x4 Land cruiser, and flashy Toyota Prado.

Gikandi and two of his accomplices were killed late last year in a botched attempt to steal KES100 million.

He was also implicated in numerous criminal activities in Nakuru, Nyeri and Narok counties.

In Nyeri, the gangster was involved in a KES5 million robbery at K-Rep bank.

He also specialized in carjacking and poaching of elephants.

In his Nyeri and Karatina homes, the criminal had projected the image of a serious entrepreneur.

He had invested heavily in real estate, petroleum product dealerships and money transfer outlets.

Gikandi owned a chain of businesses which included three petrol stations in Karatina and two auto spare parts shops in Karatina and Nyeri towns.

He also owned a three-storey building at Ruring'u's Meeting Point at the outskirts of Nyeri town with residential flats and shops.

He had built a multi-million shilling house in the posh Ring Road Estate in Nyeri for one of his two wives.

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