Detectives in Murang'a, central Kenya, are investigating a case where a man and an 11-year-old boy are suspected to have staged the boy’s Kidnapping yesterday, with intent to defraud the minor's aunt Sh15,000 ($150).
The case that stalled all other police operations by Kenol officers to secure the boy's life left police troops puzzled after it emerged that the class six boy may as well have been an accomplice in a classic case of confidence trick, and not kidnapping.
Police had swiftly swung to action after the perturbed aunt to the boy tossed herself at the station, narrating how she received the disturbing call from her nephew's kidnapper.
“The caller had threatened to kill the boy if she did not give out the demanded amount,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
Acting on police guidance, the reportee convinced the caller to have the money delivered to him in cash, where they agreed to have the boy's school bag placed at a strategic spot at Kabati flyover,. where she was to drop the money and keep a safe distance.
The boy, a Primary School kid, was to be released immediately after the money was collected.
But to the shock of the officers who laid an ambush nearby, the boy was spotted watching gleefully as his alleged kidnapper marched for the moneybag.
Dedan Gacheru Waweru, 35, was arrested immediately he took hold of the bag, before the sleuths pounced on the errant boy.
Surprisingly, the boy who left home for school in uniform was at the time in his civics, which he cunningly stashed in his school bag alongside other home clothes, a radio and his aunt's second phone which was actually used to call her.
Detectives believe that the boy meant to disappear from his home, and are probing further to establish his intended destination. Meanwhile, the two remain in custody undergoing legal procedures.
The DCI thus calls upon parents and guardians to remind their children of the punitive measures that accompany such felonious undertakings and other dangerous pranks, warning that the time used in their pursuit delays justice for other genuine cases.
“We urge parents to take note of this unfortunate trend where on various occasions detectives have scrupulously pursued reported cases of kidnappings, only to find out that the alleged victims were safely enjoying soft life with their "kidnappers",” added the DCI.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.