Boy rescued, ‘abductor’ killed in Thika

Mathew Ndung’u @PeopleDailyKe

Police yesterday gunned down a suspected kidnapper and rescued a five-year-old boy in Thika Town sub-county, Kiambu county.

Alvin Kwera was abducted on October 7 alongside her friend after a Sunday school service at World Temple Church in Munene Estate.

However, Kwera’s friend was released hours later  but the abductor gave her note instructing Kwera’s parents to pay Sh526,000 within four hours failure to which they would kill him.

Yesterday, Kwera was reunited with his family after police stormed the hideout in Runda, Witeithie estate in the outskirts of Thika town.

Kiambu County Police boss Adiel Nyange said a team of Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) officers from Nairobi teamed up with their Thika counterparts and using newly acquired tracing gadgets,  rescued the boy.

“…but upon the officers  approaching the house, the suspect who had two national identity cards bearing the names of Rop Kipkoech Wilson (ID number 23202437) and Gregory Wafula (ID number 26022394) attacked them with a machete. He was consequently shot dead as the boy was released,” said Nyange.

The boy’s father Emmanuel Kwera narrated how he was called by police officers to go and confirm whether the rescued boy was his. Jubilation rent the air as parents, relatives, friends and neighbours welcomed the  boy home.

He said the abductors have been calling him threatening to kill his son and dump his head outside their house if they fail to comply.

“We have been sending money to the suspect for the child’s upkeep. They have been threatening us that if we don’t to send upkeep money, the child will be denied food,” he added. He thanked the police for rescuing his son.

Grace Wanjiru, the boy’s mother said:  “I am very happy today to see my child back at home alive, happy and healthy. We have been praying to God to bring back our son alive and He has answered our prayers.  We are very happy, unexplainable happiness.”

A neighbour Hannah Muthoni urged parents to watch over their children especially during this long school holiday.

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