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Kenya: Kidnapped USIU Student Murdered

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A university student kidnapped by her male colleagues last week has been found murdered and her body thrown into a Kiambu bush. The family of Serah Aruwa, aninternational relations student at the United States International University, identified her body at the City Mortuary on Saturday July 7 after an agonising search.

Aruwa was abducted on June 30 by three people – two male students from her university and a female student at Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology. The three suspects have been arrested and are helping the police to unravel the murder. The Kiambu student is a girlfriend of one of the two men. The two male students sent messages to Ms Aruwa’s family on June 30, the same day she was abducted, demanding Sh100,000 ransom.

Aruwa’s parents were told to send little money to the number that called for ransom and it was established that the name that showed up in the MPesa confirmation message was that of a student at USIU. College security took him to Kasarani police and a search of his phone data, with the help of Safaricom, indicated he had been in communication with the murdered student.

The information would lead the police to the other two suspects all of whom were also arrested. Police and the local chief eventually found her body in a bush in Ngewa, Kiambu on July 1. But because she was not immediately identified police had been treating the case as that of a missing person. The suspects were arrested last Wednesday after detectives tracked the phone number used to send the ransom message.

On Friday, July 6 the vehicle used to kidnap the girl was found after reports it had been seen in Ngewa, Kiambu, for a long time. “The police arrested three university students suspected to be behind the kidnapping syndicate in Nairobi. These included two students from USIU and another from the Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology,” said a press statement from the college.

As part of the search, police broke into her house in Roysambu and found a note she had written before she left. The police contacted the chief of Ngewa location in Kiambu who confirmed that a body had been found dumped in a bush in the location on July 1. The suspects will be appear in court on Wednesday.

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