Mystery SMS in missing radio star’s child case
A message demanding a Sh250,000 ransom was sent from the phone of media personality Ciku Muiruri’s missing daughter, Erica Njeri Gachoka, who was allegedly kidnapped on Sunday, police said yesterday.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ Operations Support Unit (OSU) said the message was sent to the missing woman’s maternal uncle.
Part of the message read: “Please I was kidnapped last 9te by some Somali and am almost headed to Somalia if 250k is not sent by cob tomorrow. Please help. (sic).”
Njeri and her friend Shanice Agose are said to have been abducted in Nairobi on Sunday but apart from the message, there has been no communication from the alleged abductors.
A multi-agency team investigating the case has widened the scope of the investigations following reports that the two could have been taken out of the country.
The probe involves analysis of the texts with a view to establishing the phone’s location when the message was sent among other things. The mother said the two were abducted on Sunday morning at around 2 am.
In a Facebook post Ciku revealed the abduction and said: “Peace be with you all. Novena is below. But first, I have a very special favour to ask each and every one of you. In the early hours of Sunday morning (2am), my daughter and a friend of hers were abducted by a taxi driver.”
“We know that prayers can move mountains. Stop wars. Please pray for my daughter Erica Njeri and her friend Shanice Agose as part of your intentions. Also, and this is very important, pray for those who have taken them, that their souls may not be lost,” she added. The distressed mother said she had no control over what the abductors were doing to her daughter and friend.