NAIROBI (SD) – Somali lawmakers in Kenya have decried the rise of alleged kidnappings in Nairobi’s Eastleigh areas after several people mostly women went missing this past week.
Four people including Hafsa Mohammed Lukman, Hafsa Abdulwahaab, Umulkheyr Omaan and a man identified as Mohamud Mohamed Haji (Burte) have been reportedly abducted by unknown people.
Kamukunji MP, Yusuf Hassan and his Garissa town counterpart Aden Duale have separately condemned the kidnappings.
Both lawmakers have called for urgent investigations into the matter.
“Deeply concerned at the spate of kidnappings, rising violence, and gender-based killings sweeping through Kamukunji, which have sparked growing fear and panic in the community. I’ve written to the Inspector-General to take urgent and visible measures to protect civilians,” said Hassan, whose constituency the kidnappings have occurred.
He urged police to ‘act quickly, deploy more patrols, and ensure the safety and security of the targeted community and neighbourhood.’
A video emerged online this past week showing a 23-year-old woman, identified as Hafsa Mohammed Lukman covered on the face but with bruises. In the video, her kidnappers tell her to inform her sister to send money for her release.
“I have been kidnapped, and they’re demanding ransom. Please, send it,” Lukman stated- her voice barely heard in the video due to the wounds and scars on her mouth.
In the video, one of the men holding her tells her to speak to her sister.
The family made a missing person report at California police station in Eastleigh on June 15, when she went missing.
Teams of police visited at least three sites that they thought the woman was being held in vain.
Elsewhere, Najma Abdullahi Maalim, 19, who went missing on June 9 was found dead at the Dongo Kundu Bypass Highway, Mombasa.
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