Detectives are investigating an incident in which a Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Nairobi campus student allegedly obtained money from her brother by raising a false alarm.
DCI said on Twitter on Friday that the learner, 19, had called her brother to claim that she had been abducted and that her kidnappers were demanding a Ksh20, 000 ransom.
The girl’s brother sent her the money via mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa. Upon receiving the money, the teenager allegedly switched off her phone, prompting her worried brother to report the said-abduction to police.
It was then that detectives discovered that the alleged abduction was fake, given the woman’s phone signal was traced to Thika Road Mall in Roysambu, where she was partying.
Below is DCI’s tweet:
“Following an alleged yet suspicious abduction report of a 19-Year-Old KMTC- Mbagathi Student, DCI Detectives are interviewing a group of university students arrested at Thika Road Mall including the alleged victim and her boyfriend.
“This is after the lady was traced at a party in the said mall, moments after calling her brother alleging that unknown people had abducted her and were demanding for Ksh20, 000 to secure her release.
“The brother immediately sent the money to her phone after which the phone was switched off. On receiving the report, SCPU detectives launched forensic trails leading them to the party venue. While observing their reactions, the boyfriend was contacted and asked to go and record a statement with police on the issue.
“The lady immediately switched on her phone and called the mother saying she had just been dropped at Galleria Mall in Karen. Upon arrest, it was established that the Ksh20, 000 was still in her M-Pesa account.”