A married woman who allegedly eloped with a younger man and claimed to have been kidnapped has been arrested by detectives.
Jane Wairimu Ndung’u disappeared last Friday, September 17, leaving her husband Brian Mutuku worried on her whereabouts.
According to detectives, a distraught Mutuku received a call from his wife who sounded panic-stricken, claiming to have been kidnapped by unknown people who were demanding Ksh200, 000 as ransom.
“She claimed to have been kidnapped as she was walking along Loita Street, in Nairobi’s central business district,” a report by DCI read.
The worried husband immediately filed a missing person’s report at DCI Embakasi. However, as the detectives were pursuing the suspects, Wairimu’s kin and the husband raised Ksh17, 000 and sent it to the alleged kidnappers.
However, the family had no idea Wairimu had eloped with a cab driver to his one-bedroom house in Malaa, where they were enjoying a good time unperturbed, after withdrawing the said amount.
As days went by, the family became impatient and formed a WhatsApp group to make contributions towards her release. A further Ksh 40,000 was sent on Monday, which enabled the two to travel from Malaa to Mtito-a-Ndei to withdraw the said money.
According to the detectives from Special Service Unit and Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, the alleged kidnapper had promised to take her girlfriend lover out over the weekend with the said money.
“The alleged kidnapper Richard Mogire had promised his 21-year-old girlfriend, a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, that he would take her out over the weekend,” DCI said.
The girlfriend kept called and sent messages asking him why he had stood her up.
Mogire tried to explain that he would make it up to her this coming weekend, but she would hear none of it and demanded that he picks her up, lest she leaves him.
Afraid of losing his main girlfriend, Mogire changed the vehicle he was earlier using to avoid detection.
Mogire went on to pick his love-struck main girlfriend from the Juja based university and took her to the one bedroomed house where he had stayed with Wairimu since her faked disappearance.
As detectives later established after arresting them, the three had stayed together in the one bedroomed house since Monday, until yesterday afternoon when they were apprehended in Sagana.
It still remains unclear how Mogire convinced his campus girl to hang on and play alongside with the kidnapping idea, yet she wasn’t part of the initial plan, still remains a puzzle.
Wairimu explained that she had forced her disappearance to get away from creditors, who were on her neck since she lost her job.
The three are currently held at Embakasi police station, being processed for arraignment in court.