A 23-year-old medical student at Makindu Medical Training College, Has been arrested and is in custody at Kayole police station, after he staged and managed his own kidnapping to milk and obtain money from his innocent but hardworking parents.
Edwin Kamau apparently ‘disappeared’ last Sunday before he blocked his father and called his mother claiming to have been kidnapped. He told her that his kidnappers wanted a ransom of Sh70,000, to set him free before he hanged up on her.
His distraught parents reported the matter to police officers who immediately launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.
However, the calls persisted with Kamau telling his mother that his kidnappers were on the verge of eliminating him.
Determined to secure the life of their son, they sent Sh10,000 yesterday via mobile money and an additional Sh40,000 today.
Immediately Kamau received the initial Sh10,000, he went to a club in Thika to irrigate his throat and ‘kupiga sherehe’ in the company of a sweet baby girl he had met. And as fate would have it, the woman turned out to be a pishori lady, laced his drink with an unknown substance and stole the cash.
Today after regaining control of his faculties and conscious, he called again and his mother who sent a further Sh40,000 which he withdrew and secured safely in his shoes to avoid any further loss.
By this time, detectives had closed in on him. Upon questioning, Kamau said that he had squandered money meant for his last semester’s school fees and was wondering how he would raise money in order to sit for his exams, hence the fake story.
He further disclosed that he had been ‘kidnapped’ alongside two other students whose parents had paid their ransoms.
Detectives recovered Sh38,600 from the student and he is now in custody at Koyole police station pending arraignment.
Courtesy of DCI