Fresh details have emerged following the arrest of three Nigerian nationals accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old Form One girl in Ruaka.
The trio since identified as Morah Stanley Apple, Boniface Nnamdi Nkachukwulu and Godwin Ovoepeke, were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on January 4, 2021.
The DCI raided their house, at Courtyard apartments in Ruaka, Kiambu County.Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti addresses the media on Thursday, March 5, 2020.Simon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
The minor is said to have been missing for several days during the December holidays prompting her parents to alert the DCI. They had alleged that the girl had been on several occasions to the apartment by the trio.
"The minor’s distraught parents have been looking for their daughter in vain, only to realize that she had on various occasions been lured to the apartment where the three men reside. Neighbours also reported to have seen the minor in the company of the three on diverse dates during the festive period," the DCI had revealed in a statement.
However, a source at the apartment who sought anonymity told Kenyans.co.ke that the arrest was founded on false charges.
He countered the DCI's sentiments, assuring that tenants from the apartment can confirm that the minor has never been seen in the building.
The source revealed to Kenyans.co.ke that the building has several CCTV cameras which can be used to clear the accusations against the foreigners.
"In this building, there are CCTVs everywhere, including one right above the Nigerians' door. There is footage from the entire period the DCI allege the girl was missing and I can assure you she was not here," He stated.
The DCI had revealed that the girl was not in the particular house when they conducted the raid, arresting the suspects.
According to our source, the girl was later found by her father at a neighbouring apartment on the evening of January 3.
"The officers who arrested the three guys have not yet come back to even ask tenants questions or view the CCTV footages. So I don't really know what they were really after," He noted.
He highlighted that the incident, leading up to the arrest had angered tenants, who say it portrayed the apartment in a bad light.
During the raid, the DCI also arrested a 20-year-old Kenyan, Neema Maisori who they allege was in the company of the suspects.Police officers at a scene of crime in a previous incident
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