The Star (Nairobi)

25 February 2013

Kenya: Abductors Demand Sh0.5 Million for Four-Year-Old Girl

A family in Kikuyu district is in agony following the abduction of their granddaughter last Tuesday. A ransom of half a million has been demanded for the return of four-year-old Joy Wairimu.

Speaking to the press at their home, Joy's grand parents Alice Wairimu and James Njuguna, Joy was playing outside the house when she disappeared.

"When I finished cooking a around 7pm, I went outside to call her. She had been in the company of my neighbor's children but we could not find he. We searched for her to no avail and reported the matter to police at 9pm," said Wairimu.

She said they resumed the search early Wednesday morning and later received a call from an unknown number which turned out to be a woman who said they have kidnapped Joy and demanded Sh500,000 as ransom.

Wairimu said they received numerous text messages from the same person demanding they avail the amount or Joy would be killed."I told them that I only have Sh10,000 and they told me to look for more. But, I don't have anymore neither do I have any way of raising the remaining amount. They better kill her than make her suffer," said an emotional Njuguna.

Speaking to the press, Lari OCPD Joshua Opiyo said police are following up on crucial leads expected to unravel the mystery of where the child has been hidden.

A neighbor Beatrice Kagwiria, who is said to have been with Joy at the moment she disappeared denied being linked to the Saga.

"I left a number of children playing in my house. Four are mine, one from another neighbor and Joy with her sister. When I came back, I found the neighborhood searching for Joy. I know nothing of how she disappeared or where she could be," she said.

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