Police rescue lecturer from abductors, arrest five

 

By EAS Karanja Njoroge Published on 09/06/2011

A lecturer at Egerton University who has been missing for the last five days after being kidnapped was rescued by police.

Police stormed the house in Teachers Estate in Nakuru where the abductors were holding Mrs Jackbeth Ng’ang’a and rescued her.

The abductors were demanding a Sh3 million ransom from her family. Five suspects including two women were arrested during the rescue operation.

Rift Valley Provincial Police Officer Francis Munyambu said a toy pistol, bows and arrows were among items recovered from the house.

The gang, which abducted the lecturer on Sunday from her house at Mwariki Estate, has been calling the family demanding for the money before they could release her.

The lecturer was kidnapped moments after she returned home from a church service.

“She returned home to find the gate which is usually locked open,” the PPO said. Her husband, Dr Fredrick Mugo Ng’ang’a, was roughed up by the thugs who ushered him into his compound during the incident.

The abductors who wore masks to conceal their identity were young men aged between 18 and 35.

“When her husband who had been roughed up by the abductors and lost consciousness came to his senses, he reported the matter to police who immediately started investigating,” said Mr Munyambu.

Sources indicated that detectives used technological gadgets to track down the kidnappers to their hideout. They have been calling the family using different mobile phone lines demanding for the ransom.

Security agents who believed the lecturer was being held in a place within Nakuru have for the last four days been combing various estates in the town looking for her.

However, Munyambu said the lecturer was rescued through the assistance of the public. “We are very happy with the role the public has played in assisting us apprehend the suspects,” he said.

Relatives, colleagues and friends of the lecturer gathered at the family home at Mwariki Estate to celebrate the reunion.

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