Hafsa: Woman who was kidnapped from her Eastleigh shop found inside dingy Kayole room

By Nyaboga Kiage On Sun, 20 Jun, 2021 14:30 | 2 mins read

Police on Sunday morning rescued a businesswoman who went missing from her boutique in Eastleigh and arrested one suspect in relation to her disappearance.

Hafsa Mohammed Lukman was abducted by kidnappers who demanded ksh5 million from her family in order to release her.

So inhumane were the abductors that they decided to record an amateur video that captured how she was being tortured by the kidnappers.

So far one suspect linked to the kidnapping has been arrested and is assisting the police in the investigations.

In a statement, Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) boss George Kinoti said that the suspect was found at a “dingy room in Matopeni, within Kayole, where she had been forced into a water tank.”

In the amateur video which made rounds on social media, Hafsa appeared tortured and she begged her family to meet the demands of the kidnappers in order for her to earn her freedom.

However, a joint effort by detectives drawn from Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau and those from the Special Service Unit rescued the victim.

A senior detective privy to the investigations on Thursday evening told K24 Digital that detectives had already established the exact place where the victims were being held.

“We have already identified almost the exact place where the suspect is being held. We shall act and ensure that we rescue her,” the detective who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to address the media said.

The statement by the DCI further revealed that the woman who had visible bruises on her face and hands appeared to be shaken.

K24 Digital has also established that Hafsa is currently at the Nairobi Womens’ Hospital in Nairobi.

Her family on June 16 reported her disappearance at California Police Station saying that she was last captured on CCTV leaving her boutique within Kamkunji and she was dressed in a black hijab.

The whereabouts of her friend identified as Hafsa Abdulwahab, 21, by Sunday afternoon was yet to be established.

In an earlier interview with K24 Digital, Abdulwahab’s family said that the clothes that she was last seen wearing had been found within Kayole soaked in blood.

K24 Digital has established that Abdulwahab whose missing report was filed at Kayole Police Station is a well-known businesswoman who sells watermelons in bulk within Eastleigh.

Abdulwahab’s sister Zuhura Zuheira in an earlier interview said that the family spent the better part of Thursday searching for her in various hospitals and morgues within the city.

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