Kitale – A university student in Kitale is lucky to be alive after police rescued him from kidnappers who had locked him up in a coffin for the last two weeks as they demanded a ransom of KES 8 million.
Ivan Otieno, a first year student at Moi University Kitale Campus went missing two weeks ago, but was found on Wednesday by police officers who tracked one of the kidnappers who wanted the money from his mother as a condition for his release.
One of the suspects who is known to the mother of the 21-year-old student, a Trans-Nzoia County government employee, is said to have kidnapped her son as a way of punishing her for denying him a tender.
Speaking to journalists at Kitale Police station, weak Otieno said the suspect, John Mathenge Murithi approached him claiming he had enrolled for the same course he was studying at the University and needed assistance.
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