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Police arrest 23-year-old man who is suspected to have cohabited with Class 8 girl reported missing

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  • DCI: “In his bid to evade arrest, Vasco disguised by shaving his dreadlocks immediately after a missing child report was published.”
  • Number of children using internet-connected phones has increased ever since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The 13-year-old girl was found at her aunt’s home in Nyakach, Kisumu County.

A man was on Monday, October 19 arrested in Nairobi in connection to the disappearance of  a 13-year-old class 8 pupil.

23-year-old Marcos Menza Masumbuko aka Vasco was arrested at the Mathare Police Depot in Nairobi.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), intelligence drawn from forensic analysis led detectives to a social media platform where the suspect is believed to have befriended before luring the minor to his house.

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DCI says that the two then cohabited since 11th October when the girl was reported, before he facilitated her escape to Kisumu.

“In his bid to evade arrest, the suspect aka Vasco disguised by shaving his dreadlocks immediately after a missing child report was published,” DCI says.

Girl was found at her aunt’s place in Kisumu

DCI reported on Sunday, October 18 that detectives had found the 13-year-old girl at her aunt’s home in Nyakach, Kisumu County.

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It is a still a puzzle how the minor was able to travel all the way from her parent’s home in Upper Hill to Nyakach.

According to the girl’s parents who spoke to Citizen TV, she was taking online tuition since July, and she has been in a constant communication with unknown people.

The DCI is now cautioning parents to be vigilant in monitoring the behaviour of their children especially on social media and the sites they visit on the internet.

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The number of children using phones that are internet connected has increased ever since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many schools implemented online learning after the abrupt closure of all learning institutions, in a bid to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

“Further, stern warning is given to anyone who will be found taking advantage of or violating the rights of children by exposing them to materials and content that is by law unsuitable for their exposure,” the DCI further warned.

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