In Summary
  • Police said a gang of six men kidnapped pastor Daniel Mathenge last Wednesday, held him hostage for hours and dragged him to a series of robberies.
  • The three police squads that responded to the abduction engaged the suspects in a hot pursuit characterised by several gunshots reportedly from the stolen vehicle.
  • Police eventually arrested five people whose identities they confirmed through witnesses.

Five people arrested over the abduction of a cleric and a series of robberies in Nyeri town were on Monday released on bond.

Samuel Wahome, Paul Maina, Anthony Kiriithi Kiboi, Charles Macharia Ngomo and Stephen Muhiatu Kimanu faced violent robbery charges before Resident Magistrate Ruth Kefa.

Police said a gang of six men kidnapped pastor Daniel Mathenge last Wednesday, held him hostage for hours and dragged him to a series of robberies.

Mr Mathenge was also in the gang's car during a police chase that lasted hours. 

Police also placed the gang at the centre of an armed robbery at an entertainment joint where Sh20,000 was stolen.

ROBBERIES

The gang is said to have used two hired pistols to abduct the pastor from Gitathiini, just outside Nyeri town.

Mr Mathenge had just reached home at about 6pm when he was ambushed while still outside.

The gang then carried out a series of heists in Skuta, with Mr Mathenge in the car.

HOT PURSUIT

The three police squads that responded to the abduction engaged the suspects in a hot pursuit characterised by several gunshots reportedly from the stolen vehicle.

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