A popular college in Nairobi is on spot after Conning several students in a fake colleges placement deal.
About 1,000 students were looking forward to joining the said college this month so that they can further their studies under an international student placement programme.
Parents were hopeful that their children’s dreams of achieving academic and career success were in sight following plans by a Nairobi college to place them in colleges abroad.
The future looked bright with the parents raising thousands of shillings worth 180M to enable their sons and daughters travel abroad to take professional courses in prestigious colleges.
According to the parents it was worth every penny for the sake of the future of their children.
However, the parents didn’t know they had fallen victim to a suspected fraud scheme (fake college placement abroad) run from the dingy office of a dubious college in Eastlands, Nairobi.
Report from trusted sources indicate that the scheduled travel date has passed and the man alleged to be behind the college placement abroad scheme has since disappeared.
Over the past one year, parents of at least 1000 students who had fallen into the trap collected about Sh180 million.
The Eastlands, Nairobi based in institution where payments were made to facilitate placement of students overseas has been shut without notice to students or parents.
At least 1,000 parents are said to have fallen victim to the alleged scam that was being run under an unregistered college located on Outering Road, Nairobi.
DCIs have launched investigation over the allegations of the Nairobi based college (Kenema College of Professional Studies). Detectives are yet to question the proprietor despite reports by the alleged victims.
The above named college operates under Kenya Network Markets (Kenema) owned by a businessman, Javan Ochieng’.
The fake college placement abroad saga started on May 24, 2021, when a local radio station hosted Mr Ochieng’ during a morning show. Mr Ochieng’s deal was lucrative for those seeking higher education overseas where many were lured by his sweet tongue.
Ms Christina Kibet, one the alleged victim has revealed that during the morning show in the radio station, Mr Ochieng’ informed the public that he owns a college which is in partnerships with colleges and universities abroad that would help students advance their education.
“The deal was convincing and since it was on a reputable radio station, we were easily lured to sign up,” Ms Christina Kibet Nation.
Ms Kibet further revealed that she attended a meeting that was organized later on together with more than 500 other students where the ideal was sold and they agreed to sign up.
By now, it is not clear how long the college has been in operation in Nairobi’s Eastland. However, residents and parents who spoke to us said it had been in operation offering short business and technical courses for several years.
Each individual was required to pay Sh 450,000 to facilitate visa application and academic registration at universities around the world and cater for air tickets with free accommodation provided to the travelling students.
Another source has revealed that the alleged masterminds of the scheme relocated their office to Buruburu where they went on recruiting and minting money from unsuspecting students and parents.
The institution is further said to have gone to a church in Kasarani in April this year presented their dubious program where by at least 175 parents signed up.