Abdi Hassan Mamad in a Nairobi court where he was charged with kidnapping a minor for sexual exploitation. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERUAbdi Hassan Mamad in a Nairobi court where he was charged with kidnapping a minor for sexual exploitation. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU
By RICHARD MUNGUTI, @RichardMunguti

A Nairobi businessman has been charged with kidnapping and trafficking an underage girl to a neighouring country for sexual exploitation.

Abdi Hassan Mamad, was charged with twice kidnapping a 16-year-old Form Two schoolgirl.

State counsel Susan Kurunga, who filed the case against the accused, told Senior Principal Magistrate Ms Charity Oluoch that the suspect is a repeat offender.

According to the prosecution, street urchins were used to kidnap the girl at Eastleigh while on her way from School last September 2016.

KIDNAPPED

The street boys allegedly confronted the student and forced her into a waiting get away car.

The episode was witnessed by a person who knew the girl who later informed her relatives.

“The girl was driven beyond the Kenya border town of Moyale and taken to Adis Ababa where Ethiopian security agents found her and re-united her with her relatives who had accompanied Police Officers from Kenya,” the prosecution stated.

Again on January 11, 2017 the accused allegedly kidnapped the girl around 8pm then bundled her into a waiting Probox car which took off at break-neck speed towards north eastern.

ESCAPED

Information was relayed to all the border posts which were immediately sealed.

The court was told how security personnel caught up with a man who had been holed up in a hotel room with the victim.

“Unfortunately the man escaped a police dragnet and disappeared into Ethiopia. Police are still tracking him down,” Ms Kurunga told the court.

The accused was however granted a cash bail of Sh100,000 until April 4, 2017 when the case will be heard.