Somali national abducted in Nairobi, handcuffed, whisked away

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 11 Sep, 2021 13:28 | 2 mins read
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A Somali national, Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdiswamad was on Wednesday, September 8, abducted in Nairobi, handcuffed and whisked away by unknown assailants.

Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdiswamad, 55, was accosted by four men near City Market within the Central Business District (CBD).

The man had just alighted from a white double-cabin pickup which they also used to flee the scene.

Already, the family members have requested the government to assist them to find him.

“He has never done anything wrong and there is no day my husband has ever been arrested. If he has a mistake let them take him to the court,” Halima Mohammed, wife to the scholar said.

She said that already they had reported the matter at Central Police Station in Nairobi and another station known as Akila.

His sister Faiza Sheik, told K24 Digital that they had severally revisited the scene with the aim of getting any tangible information that can assist them in vain.

“We are worried that he might be with bad people or maybe someone with a hidden agenda. Is he in the police custody or does some other security agency has him?” she posed.

Already, civil rights groups have come out to threaten that they will move to court and compel the government to produce him dead or alive.

According to Hussein Khalid, who is the Executive Director Haki Africa, it was the duty of the police to ensure that they produce him.

“Even if he is not with the police, it is their duty to produce the Somali national whether they like it or not,” said Khalid.

Cases of Somali nationals going missing and either found dead or alive but in an awkward situation have been on the increase in the recent past.

In May, Somalia businessman Bashir Omar who was also an American citizen disappeared in Nairobi County only to be found dead days later.

The businessman was last seen on the evening of May 13 at an entertainment lounge in Nairobi’s Lavington area.

His vehicle was later found burnt in Kibiku area in Ngong, Kajiado County.

In June, a Somali businessman identified as Hafsa Mohamed Lukman went missing and it took five days for detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to find him.

DCI boss George Kinoti said that the lady had been kidnapped by suspects who were demanding ksh5 million from her family in order to release her.

She was rescued inside a dingy room in Matopeni area, Kayole in Nairobi.

She had also been assaulted by the kidnappers.

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