Somali Businesswoman Hafsa Lukman’s Suspected Kidnappers Arrested in Nyandarua county
Authorities in Kenya have arrested two suspects believed to have orchestrated the kidnapping and torture of Kamukunji businesswoman Hafsa Mohamed Lukman.
The businesswoman was abducted on June 15 and was rescued from the hands of the kidnappers on Sunday, June 20.
A statement from the Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) indicated that 24-year-old Jackson Njogu and Hafsa Abdi 21, were nabbed at the Crystal view lodge in Nyandarua county where they had been hiding since escaping arrest.
The two lovers had demanded KSh 5 million as a ransom for the abducted woman who they kidnapped from her shop.
They also managed to siphon a total of KSh 650,000 from Lukman's account while they held her hostage and managed to escape by the time sleuths arrived in Kayole to save the victim. "They then escaped to Kinangop and purchased a bar, which they were operating.
They were smoked out of room number 8 at Crystal view lodge, where they had imagined that our hawk-eyed detectives would never find them," the statement indicated.
Hafsa Mohammed Lukman went missing from her shoe shop in Kamukunji Trading Centre on Tuesday, June 15.
Surveillance cameras at Hafsa’s shop showed she entered the store at 4:44pm on Tuesday in the company of another woman identified as Hafsa Abdulwahab. The two later left for Kayole.
Abdulwahab was also reported to be missing. Police officers traced her abductors' phone signal to a house in Kayole where she was found alive on Sunday, June 20.
The 23-year-old was taken to Kayole Police Station and later to the hospital for a medical checkup.