Uni Students Charged with Kidnapping Boy For Ksh 500,000 Ransom!

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University life comes with struggles especially financial and students often find themselves engaging in side hustles just to keep up, especially in the capital. The hustle usually comes in innovative ways like selling airtime like one Credoo from MKU to selling second hand clothes door to door in hostels, etc.

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Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology students Levis Oduor and Edwin Benson Ogalla however decided to take innovation to a whole new level when they allegedly kidnapped a 12 year old boy and demanded a Ksh 500,000 ransom from his mother; on December 4, 2016.

Reports indicate that the kidnappers took the boy from Funguo estate in Nairobi West on December 4 before moving him to Joyland Mark hostels. Mr Oduor was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Hospital, where he had allegedly taken the boy for treatment. He thereafter led police to Mr Ogalla’s house, where they had allegedly detained the boy for 10 days.

The two allegedly tried killing the boy by hitting his head against a wall and strangling him.

On December 13 the two were were charged with kidnapping, attempting to kill and demanding money with menaces. The prosecution told Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani Mr Oduor is a repeat offender and that he is also the victim’s cousin.

With that into consideration, the prosecution opposed the release of the two on bond pending the hearing and determination of the case, arguing that they will interfere with the witnesses in the case most of whom are relatives of the victim and the accused. The two suspects however denied the charges of attempting to kill the boy by hitting his head against the wall and strangling him.

“The accused will remain in custody until January 23, 2017 when the case against them will be heard,”

Ms Gandani ruled ; the prosecutors having established that they had compelling reasons to detain the suspects pending their trial.