How female student planned for her friend’s kidnap for Ksh0.6M ransom

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 31 Jan, 2023 18:05 | 2 mins read
Faith Mwende (pictured) is said to have conspired with her boyfriend and other thugs to kidnap Daisy Chebet and demand a ransom from her supposedly well-to-do family. PHOTO/DCI

Police in Ruiru on Monday, January 30 rescued a female student who had been in the hands of kidnappers for five days.

In a statement, police said Daisy Chebet Barno, a fourth-year student at Egerton University was kidnapped by three men in Kabarak, Baringo County, and taken to an unknown destination.

"Unknown to Daisy, her friend Faith Mwende who is also her coursemate at the Nakuru town campus had conspired with her boyfriend and other thugs to kidnap Daisy and demand a ransom from her supposedly well-to-do family," police said.

On the day of her kidnapping, Daisy had been invited for late lunch by Mwende’s boyfriend Simon Akuteka, 39, who lives with his wife in Rwanda.

After being convinced that Mwende would be joining them later she obliged and got into Akuteka’s car, which detectives later learned belonged to a car hire agent based in Nairobi.

"Once in the car, Akuteka drove towards Kabarak after excusing himself to pick a parcel. However, along the way he stopped the car suddenly and two men got into the vehicle.

"The trio informed Daisy that she had been kidnapped and demanded for a ransom of Ksh600,000 from Daisy’s family," police stated.

They drove to Ruiru at around OJ restaurant where they took a 2-bedroomed airbnb and locked Daisy in one of the bedrooms.

Mwende, who had since joined them, took the other bedroom where they made merry with her partner, after Daisy’s family sent an initial Ksh50,000.

"Unknown to the thugs, detectives who had received a distress call from Daisy’s family were closely monitoring their movements as they operated between Thika, Murang’a, Kajiado, and Ruiru during the day, in a bid to outwit the officers.

"But the sleuths based at the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau went after the four with the stealth of a leopard and finally pounced on them last night at the apartment," police added.

Student rescued

Following the successful raid also supported by detectives drawn from DCI Nakuru and Ruiru, all four suspects were arrested and Daisy rescued.

Police further said preliminary investigations have revealed that the main suspect Simon Akuteka is a fugitive who has several cases of stealing motor vehicles pending before court in Nairobi and Kisumu.

The second suspect John Mbau, 38, also has similar motor vehicle stealing cases pending before several courts, while the third Elijah Chege, 31, is a small-time miscreant based at Witeithie, who was recently introduced to serious crimes.

"Faith Mwende who conspired against her friend and course mate is also a guest of the state as detectives complete their investigations before arraigning the four in court," police stated.

One cellotape, a rope, assorted mobile phones, several sim cards, and the identity card of the victim were recovered from the said suspects.

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