Suspect on terror watch kidnapped

May 24, 2012 12:43 pm


Sylvester Opiyo was kidnapped in Molo, days after police had questioned him over terrorism activities
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – A suspected terrorist whose photograph was circulated by police last December has been kidnapped.

Sylvester Opiyo alias Musa Osodo was kidnapped on Wednesday night alongside another man identified as Jacob Musyoka when their vehicle broke down in Molo.

Opiyo’s lawyer Chacha Mwita has told Capital FM News that his client was taking four women to a Madrassa in Kisumu when they were abducted.

“We don’t know where they were taken. The vehicle they had was just abandoned on the roadside together with the ladies,” Mwita said.

He said he had contacted the police who deny knowledge of Osodo’s whereabouts.

“We are still trying to trace them. The family is traumatised because no one knows where they are,” he said.

The women who were being taken to Kisumu were abandoned on the roadside and managed to inform their families about the ordeal.

The family suspect police are involved in the kidnapping but Police Headquarters has denied detaining the two.

Opiyo’s photograph was circulated last December when police branded him a dangerous criminal and linked him to Al Shabaab.

He later surrendered and was released, but Anti Terrorism Police Unit officers have recently questioned him over several incidents, including the Machakos Bus station grenade attack that occurred on March 10.

Six people were killed when four hand grenades were hurled at a crowd in the bus terminus, and more than 60 others were wounded.

Police sources have told Capital FM News that Opiyo was due to report to the ATPU offices for routine questioning this week.

“He is out on a free police bond, and he is usually required to report to the police station on certain dates. He was expected this week,” a police officer with knowledge of terrorism investigations said.

Reports indicate that Opiyo had complained to people they were within the car that some police officers were trailing him when they stopped for a meal in Nakuru.


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