A Student Who Kidnapped Self To Receive Money From Parents Arrested

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A medical student who staged his abduction to obtain money from his parents has been apprehended.

A 23-year-old medical student at Makindu Medical Training College is in custody at Kayole police station pending investigations.

Edwin Kamau '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 ($700) 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 their son's life, they sent Sh10,000 on Wednesday via mobile money and an additional Sh40,000 on Thursday.

"Immediately Kamau received the initial Sh10,000, he went to a club in Thika in the company of a babe he had met. And as fate would have it, the woman turned out to be someone who laced his drink with an unknown substance and stole the cash.

"On Thursday, after regaining control of his faculties, he called again, and his parents sent a further Sh40,000 which he withdrew and secured in his shoes. "

After his arrest, the student said that he had squandered money meant for his last semester's school fees and was wondering how he would raise money 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.

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