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Student who was locked up in a coffin for two weeks rescued

25 June 2015, 10:29 Philomenah Chebet

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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“He told me he needed notes and I agreed. We met at a joint in town the following day and he offered me drinks. I started feeling dizzy and thereafter all I remember is waking up inside coffin,” said Otieno, who explained that he must have been spiked.

“They later told me they had kidnapped me because my mother had refused to give them a tender at the County,” he said.

Confirming the incident, Trans-Nzoia County Police Boss, Lilian Okembo said they rescued the student from a house in Lessos on the outskirts of Kitale town where his captors had planned to kill him.

“We are lucky our officers struck on the last day the abductors had planned to kill the student if they had not received the KES 8 million ransom by Wednesday,” said Okembo, who added that the suspect will be arraigned in court once investigations are over.

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