Footage that surfaced on the incident on Sunday, November 21 which went viral on social media showed the businessman, Samson Tekklemichael, being picked up by security officers from his vehicle.
Police in Nairobi’s Kilimani area are investigating the alleged kidnapping of an Ethiopian businessman in broad daylight by people believed to be security officers.
Footage that surfaced on the incident on Sunday, November 21 which went viral on social media showed the businessman, Samson Teklemichael, being picked up by security officers from his vehicle.
A traffic officer, in the video seen by Viral Tea, could be seen holding the door of the businessman’s vehicle, a Bentley Bentayga, as he watches the officers cart him away to an awaiting Subaru Forester vehicle.
Individuals alleged to be security officers carting away Ethiopian businessman Samson Teklemichael. /TWITTER.KEN MIJUNGU
Teklemichael, who is reported to have last been seen on Friday, November 19, could be heard pleading with witnesses to record his abduction. He is said to have made a call to his wife, Milen Mezgebo, notifying them of the unfortunate events, minutes after he was captured.
“He called me and told me that he’s been abducted by someone he does not know. After that, the phone got disconnected and he’s been offline since,” Mezgebo told Citizen TV.
The abductors left his Bentley parked in the middle of a major road in Kileleshwa before his wife was alerted by a friend to go and pick up the vehicle. She took the car and reported the matter at the Kilimani Police Station.
“Police said they are investigating and they are still not getting anything. If they are not getting anything, that means we are not safe,” she lamented.
Mezgebo also revealed that she has also reported the matter to the Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya. She added that her husband is a reputable businessman who exports gas cylinders to Ethiopia and had not expressed fears over his life.
Kilimani police boss Andrew Muturi confirmed that the matter is being investigated by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives at the station.
The incident adds to the growing list of businessmen kidnapped in the recent past across Nairobi under unclear circumstances as investigations into the cases remain unresolved.
Back in May, Somali-American businessman Mohamud Bashir Mohammed who went missing on Thursday, May 13 was found dead on May 22, 2021. His body was positively identified by his family at the Kerugoya Level 5 Hospital in Kirinyaga County
Mahmoud was last spotted at an entertainment joint in Miale, Lavington, Nairobi before his disappearance. His car, the make of a Range Rover, was found burnt down at Ngong forest, Kajiado County, which raised worry amongst residents of his whereabouts.
A report by an NGO, Independent Medico-Legal Unit revealed that more than 20 people have disappeared since January 2021, whereby in most cases, the bodies surfaced days later either along river banks or forests. The matter has angered human rights groups, prompting swift action on the cases where even police officers were involved.
File image of the late Mohamud Bashir Mohammed. /TWITTER