Murang’a boy rescued two weeks after kidnap
Abductors kept the pupil in a new maisonnette in Thika town. They had asked his family for a Sh50 million ransom
A nine–year-old boy kidnapped and held hostage for two weeks has been rescued by the police from a house in Thika town.
Evanson Kiguro was found locked up at a house on the Kisii Estate. Two men found in the house were arrested.
Detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit raided the newly built maisonette on Wednesday evening after learning that the boy was being held in the house.
A female suspect, said to have been taking care of the victim and preparing meals for the suspects, escaped the police dragnet and is being sought.
The woman was away from the house when it was raided.
Police have five suspects in custody over the kidnap of the pupil.
The abductors had demanded a Sh50 million ransom and threatened to kill the boy if his family did not pay in two weeks.
It was joy and celebration as the boy, who looked visibly shaken, was reunited with his family at his home in Kabati, Murang’a county.
Kiguro told the police he was grabbed by three men as he walked to school on October 13 and bundled into a car.
He screamed for help but his ab- ductors threatened to harm him and ordered him to remain silent.
Kiguro said he cooperated and pleaded with the abductors to release him, but they slapped him several times to scare him.
The attackers drove him to the house and told him to remove his school uniform and put on a new pair of trousers and a shirt, he said.
At the house, three men kept watch of him, the boy said.
Police said Kiguro had not suffered any physical injuries, but seemed traumatised by the ordeal.
Neighbours, friends and family thronged the boy’s home in Kabati and joined his family in song and dance to celebrate his safe return.