After days of sorrow to the family members of Mwathi Njeru a form 3 student at Meru School following his `kidnapping’ by unknown assailants, it has now emerged that the whole story was fallacy and the boy had faked his kidnapping.
According to a statement by directorate of criminal investigations, after conducting search to trace the student following calls to the boy’s distraught parents and relatives demanding for ransom of money to buy his release, they finally found out that the boy has been all this time hiding in Nkubu town unperturbed.
“After embarking on operation to trace the student’s whereabouts after call to the boy’s parents and relatives and relatives demanding for a ransom to secure his freedom, we discovered that that the student had faked his kidnapping and was whiling his time away unperturbed at Nkubu town, extorting money from his poor parents and relatives,’’ reads the statement by DCI in parts.
According to Tharaka Nithi county DCIO Bett Chepng’eno, Mwathi was nabbed today at around 10 am at Nkubu town moments after making a withdrawal of Sh 1400 out of Sh 1500 that had earlier been sent to him in the process of zeroing his location.
“At around 10 am today the boy made a withdrawal of Sh1400 from an M-pesa shop at Nkubu and we were able to zero the area and finally nabbed him while around Budget Supermarket Nkubu,’’ She said.
After being cornered, Mwathi confessed that he had not been kidnapped but decided to fake the ordeal to get some cash from parents to purchase some modern clothing to match his fellow boys in his locality during the holidays.
The DCI therefore escorted the boy back to school and requested the principal to arrange for counselling on the boy to change his mindset considering he is a minor and so cannot be charged in a court of law for the crime.
Mwathi Njeru from Gacigongoni Ntugi location Tharaka South subcounty,Tharaka Nithi county and who is a form 3 students in Meru school went missing on 5th of January 2021 on his way back to School where afterwards, he called family members and said he had been kidnapped at Nkubu and his assailants demanded Sh 20,000 for his release.
Since then, Security team has been on an operation to rescue the boy until today when the DCI sleuths found out the whole choreographed fallacy to extort money from his parents and relatives.
DCI has since cautioned school going students to restrain from engaging in criminal activities and instead focus on their education warning that any form of criminal activity shall be met with the full force of the law, regardless of one’s status in the society.