The missing 14 year old boy from Meru school who had been reportedly abducted on his way to school from home faked his abduction to raise funds for clothes, DCI has confirmed.
According Tharaka Nithi County Criminal Investigating officer Ms. Betty Chepng’eno, the student left home and proceeded to Chuka Town for his shopping before going back to Nkubu Town where he hid himself.
He then called his elder brother at home in Tunyai, Tharaka Nithi County and told him he had been abducted on his way to school and a ransom of Kshs. 20,000 had been demanded for his release.
The brother reported the matter to Tunyai Police station which prompted officers from both Tharaka Nithi and Meru County to start investigating.
“The student had a phone with him which he would use to make calls to his relatives to demand for money before immediately switching it off and it is after we sent him some money to his mpesa through his brother that he went to withdraw and we zeroed on the exact location,” said Ms. Chepng’eno.
They sent him Kshs. 1000 which he immediately transferred to his Mshwari account and after another Ksh. 500 was sent to him he made the transfer but later went to withdraw 1400 from an Mpesa agent in Nkubu which aided the officers.
Chepng’eno says that they were able to get the student and took him to Nkubu DCI offices where he confessed to have faked his abduction to raise money for good clothes to wear during the holidays as his peer.
“He claims to have boarded in a lodging at a cost of Ksh. 300 on the first day, the second day he slept in an ongoing construction building while on the third day he found a good Samaritan who offered accommodation after he lied he was late and needed a place to sleep for the night and on the fourth day a fellow student who had rented a room offered him accommodation,” narrated the CCIO.
The investigation Boss dismissed possibilities of the boy’s arrest and charges in a court of law saying the boy was still a minor, what he needed was guidance and counselling to continue with his education since he seemed like a smart student.
“We are taking him back to school where the principal is already waiting for him and as the DCI team we are going to buy the boy the clothes he desire once they close school this term for the holiday,” added Chepng’eno.
She has asked parents to be cautious on such reports from their children and involve the police immediately should such matters arise while issuing a stern warning on the youth over taking their parents and relatives through such ordeals.
‘We are also cautioning adults who harbor minors, allow them to come and change clothes or put their luggage without making any queries, legal action will be taken against them” added the CCIO.