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How Bodaboda riders helped police nab suspects on busy Nairobi street

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Three suspected thugs on Tuesday cheated death as an angry mob was baying for their blood in Nairobi.

The three suspects allegedly robbed one Fredrick Otieno of KSh300,000. Otieno had just come from a bank when they accosted him.

According to a police report filed at Central Police Station, Otieno who resides in Umoja area had withdrawn KSh25,000 from the Cooperative Bank at the Bomb Blast area. Otieno already had KSh270,000 at hand, totaling KSh320,000.

Immediately after he walked out of the bank, the three suspects, a lady and two men, intercepted him. They had parked a car, a black Toyota Voxy near the roundabout.

Apparently, the suspects introduced themselves as agents of a leading Telecommunication company. One of the men grabbed the victim, stole the KSh320,000 before boarding the vehicle.

Dramatic scenes

As they drove towards Uhuru Highway, bodaboda operators who witnessed the robbery started chasing them. They were able to nab them at the Uhuru Highway/University Way roundabout.

The angry riders started stoning the vehicle and the suspects. It took the intervention of police officers to save their lives.

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The suspects have since been identified as Ahmed Shariff Gadhafi, 30, Veronica Musau, 33, and Jeremiah Murimi Mwaura, 34.

It was clear that the merciless mob wanted to end the lives of the suspects. They threw huge stones at the suspects without caring where they landed.

Worse still, the suspects were cornered, bungled into a trench beside the road, making them an easy target for the over hundred irate Nairobians who had also joined the riders “in teaching them a lesson”.

In fact, the police report says, “They were stoned by these riders on their heads while in a trench and their motor vehicle was extremely damaged by stones from these riders.”

If not for the quick intervention of the police who responded, rescued them, and took them to Mbagath Hospital for treatment, it could have been a different story.

But the elephant in the room still remains the fact that Otieno’s cash was not recovered, ONLY the ‘thieves’.

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