Nairobians.... beware of handbag grabbing, laptop snatching boda bodas
28 January 2016, 18:48
Nairobi - Nairobians ..... Beware of handbag stealing, laptop snatching boda boda operators.
The phenomenon has seen many lose their fares home, personal belongings and left with no chance of recovery thanks to the swift and slippery nature of the boda boda operators.
The incidences have been increasing in the Central Business District but have been even more prevalent in the city's estates and surrounding towns.
Michael Onami was robbed of his laptop in the CBD January 7. He says there was no chance of him recovering after they took it.
" I was carrying it strapped on my shoulder when the boda boda zoomed past and the passenger grabbed it and off they went. There was not even a chance for me to scream," he stated.
He says that he did not get the boda boda plate numbers but the likely-hood is that nonetheless they were doctored.
Onami says he did not bother reporting the matter to the Police as he was bound to face serious frustration if he did.
" I just did not bother. What could they have done?", he posed.
Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome admits that incidences of crimes committed by boda bodas are on the rise in the city.
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" They have increased and we are trying our best to deal with them even though in most cases they are hard to trace," he stated.
Alice Njuguna says she was assaulted by thugs on a boda boda while approaching her home in Nairobi's South C estate. They disappeared before she could raise alarm.
" They did not shoot. They just asked for my handbag and mobile phone and zoomed off quickly," she narrates.
Koome admits that the mobile nature of the boda bodas means that they can disappear within no time.
" They can get into any path and move quickly. They are hard to police," he adds.
In a high profile case last year, a Nakumatt Supermarkets auditor was shot dead in cold blood outside his offices on Mombasa Road by thugs who were on a boda boda. The suspects have yet to be found.
A member of County Assemblies was also last year shot at by thugs on a boda boda. He survived with a gunshot wound.
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