An abducted middle-aged man was on Wednesday afternoon (August 5) shot dead by his assailants at Ebwaliro Village in Mumias East Constituency, Kakamega County.
The victim, who had been kidnapped by three armed men, jumped off his abductors’ vehicle on Ekero-Sabatia road and ran towards a nearby house to seek refuge as he screamed “help, they want to kill me”!
Eye witnesses said after the man bolted from the moving vehicle, a Toyota saloon car of registration plate KCS 503L, the victim’s aggressors stopped the vehicle on the roadside to pursue their target.
“The victim had managed to jump over a fence and entered a homestead on the roadside. He, thereafter, locked himself in one of the rooms in the house. His assailants pursued and ordered him out of the house. However, the victim kept on screaming that the aggressors wanted to kill him, and requested he be helped,” the eye witness told K24 Digital.
“Realising that the man wasn’t going to come out anytime soon, the assailants, who were armed, whipped out their AK47 rifles, broke down the door leading to the room the man had sought refuge in, and shot him thrice, killing him on the spot,” added our informant.
The suspects, thereafter, hopped into their vehicle and sped off.
It remains unclear why the victim, who has been identified as a secondary school teacher, was killed.
Police, however, suspect that a land tussle pitting the deceased against one of his brothers could have led to the fatal attack.
It is alleged that the deceased and his sibling were fighting over a parcel of land, which allegedly resulted in the victim’s brother hiring hitmen to kill the tutor.
K24 Digital understands that on Wednesday afternoon, the assailants arrived at the victim’s house in Navakholo and introduced themselves as police officers.
The victim had, earlier 2020, been accused of defiling the brother’s child, and had failed to honour court summons. The hitmen, as a result, pretended that they had been instructed by the courts to arrest and produce him before a magistrate the following day.
It was while in the vehicle that the victim was allegedly informed that he would be killed over his refusal to relinquish a part of family land.
On Thursday morning (August 6), irate neighbours torched houses belonging to the deceased’s brother and father, accusing them of planning their kinsperson’s assassination.
The deceased was taken to the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital morgue.
The incident was confirmed to K24 Digital by Mumias OCPD David Ndirangu.