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How abducted Egerton University student was rescued

Details have emerged of how a student at Egerton University who was kidnapped six days ago was rescued.

Ms Daisy Chebet Barno, a fourth-year student was abducted by three men at Kabarak in Nakuru County on Thursday and later driven to Nairobi.

According to a police statement, Ms Barno was rescued along Eastern Bypass near KFC. On Tuesday, the DCI, in a statement, had said the victim was rescued at an Airbnb apartment in Ruiru.

The police said they believe a female friend of Ms Barno, Faith Mwende, conspired with her boyfriend and other accomplices to kidnap her and demand ransom from her family.

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Ms Barno was rescued after officers from Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) headquarters and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives Nakuru and Ruiru intercepted a motor vehicle (Reg. No KCX 526V make Demio) around 8pm on Monday night.

“They drove to Ruiru to OJ Restaurant where they booked a two-bedroom Airbnb and locked Ms Barno in one of the bedrooms. Mwende who had joined them took the other bedroom where they made merry with her partner after Ms Barno’s relatives had sent Sh50,000,” stated the post.

According to DCI, the suspects defied orders to surrender and engaged the officers in a fistfight during the arrest.

“The victim namely Daisy Chebet Barno was rescued being safe and in good health,” the police said.

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Among the suspects who were arrested is Simon Philip Amayum Akuteka, a Rwandese national who according to the police has several cases of car theft pending in court in Nairobi and Kisumu.

Also arrested is a Ugandan national identified as John Mungai Mbau, who also has several pending cases of motor vehicle theft, and Elijah Chege Gitau a resident of Witeithie.

Police recovered cello tape, a rope, assorted mobile phones, several sim cards and the identity card of the victim from the suspects.

The police said they are seeking to arrest more suspects and recover valuables stolen from the victim among them a laptop and mobile phone.

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