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Man kidnaps his stepson and demands ransom from his wife

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A Kenyan man, Nemwel Ondari, has been arrested for kidnapping his 8-year-old stepson and demanding for ransom from his wife.

Local media reports that the underage boy was rescued by operatives of Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

According to DCI, the boy’s mother, Everline Nandera reported his “disappearance” at Embakasi police station.

She disclosed that her husband, Ondari had left her a note demanding Ksh50,000 (N181,000) as ransom to release the minor.

Everline alleged that her 32-year-old husband threatened to kill the boy should she delay paying the said ransom.

The DCI said; “Nandera told detectives that she had left their home in Embakasi’s Tel Aviv area at the crack of dawn, headed for Muthurwa market. But upon coming back at around 9:20 am, she found her husband and son missing.

“A note had been left behind by the husband Nemwel Ondari, 32, demanding a ransom of Sh50,000, for the release of the boy. In the note, the man also warned his wife that he would kill the boy using a kitchen knife which he had carried, should she try any monkey business.”

Security operatives embarked on a rescue mission after receiving the report, and subsequently nabbed the suspect was nabbed at the NMS Green Park matatu terminus off Haile Sellasie Avenue in Nairobi.

The report added; “Immediately the woman filled her report at Embakasi police station, detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) based at DCI Nairobi area were assembled and a manhunt for the suspect was launched.

“The detectives assisted by their Embakasi counterparts traced the suspect and arrested him at the NMS Green Park matatu terminus off Haile Sellasie avenue, a few hours later as he eagerly waited for the ransom to be deposited into his Mpesa account”.

The authorities also said preliminary investigation established that a heated disagreement the the couple had the previous night led to the incident.

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