An 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped by his stepfather has been rescued by operatives of Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
DCI said the boy’s distraught mother Everline Nandera reported his “disappearance” at Embakasi police station, adding that her husband identified as Nemwel Ondari, 32, had left her a note demanding Ksh50,000 as ransom to release the minor.
She also revealed that he threatened to kill the boy should she delay paying the said ransom.
The DCI report read;
“Nandera told detectives that she had left their home in Embakasi’s Tel Aviv area at the crack of dawn, headed for Muthurwa market. But upon coming back at around 9:20 am, she found her husband and son missing.
“A note had been left behind by the husband Nemwel Ondari, 32, demanding a ransom of Sh50,000, for the release of the boy. In the note, the man also warned his wife that he would kill the boy using a kitchen knife which he had carried, should she try any monkey business.”
After security operatives embarked on a rescue mission, the suspect was nabbed at the NMS Green Park matatu terminus off Haile Sellasie Avenue in Nairobi.
The report added;
“Immediately the woman filled her report at Embakasi police station, detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) based at DCI Nairobi area were assembled and a manhunt for the suspect was launched.
“The detectives assisted by their Embakasi counterparts traced the suspect and arrested him at the NMS Green Park matatu terminus off Haile Sellasie avenue, a few hours later as he eagerly waited for the ransom to be deposited into his Mpesa account.”
A preliminary investigation established that the couple had engaged in a heated disagreement the previous night leading to the incident.