, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – Nine suspects were charged on Wednesday with allegedly kidnapping 14-year-old twins from Westlands, Nairobi.
The suspects – who include a former police officer – were freed on a Sh2 million cash bail each after denying that they abducted the two girls from Grevillea Grove.
The twins were rescued on Monday night during a security operation involving officers from the Flying Squad, Special Crimes Prevention Unit (SCPU) and Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) who raided a house in Upper Matasia, Ngong.
The kidnappers had been demanding a ransom of Sh86 million before they could release the minors.
Flying Squad chief Munga Nyale says some of the kidnappers will be profiled to establish if they are involved in other criminal offences or if they are associated to criminal gangs in Nairobi and other parts of the country.
“We have intensified our intelligence gathering to enable us dismantle the kidnapping gangs in the country,” he said.
Police are increasingly concerned at the high rate of kidnappings in the country, after the body of the proprietor of a school in Kirinyaga was found dumped in a rice field in the region.
Police said the school proprietor had been missing for over a week after his abduction during which his guard was killed.