Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of a Nairobi businesswoman, who was abducted a week ago.
The four suspects picked up over the killing of 38-year-old businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina are Edwin Otieno Odiwuor, Samwel Okoth Adinda, Stevenson Oduor Ouma, and Mercy Gitiri Mongo.
Wanjiku went missing on 12th February and a day later, her Toyota Axio car was found abandoned in Nairobi’s Kawangware area near Gatina Primary School, according to a report from Muthangari Police Station.
Her body was on Friday, 19th February, traced to the Kajiado County Referral Hospital mortuary.
DCI investigations revealed that before her abduction, Wanjiku had withdrawn Ksh350,000 from her account at one of the Cooperative Bank branches in Nairobi, before she went to meet the first suspect (Edwin) at Ngara for a business deal.
“Innocently driving into her death trap, Wanjiku had made a call to one of her friends, detailing her meeting with Edwin, who was to guide her into boosting her Stima Sacco shares with the withdrawn amount,” the DCI said in a statement.
“Once at Ngara, Wanjiku had been forced into a waiting black Toyota Crown car, KCN 300D, in which Edwin was waiting, before being handcuffed and sandwiched by the other named suspects.”
The investigating team escorted two of the suspects (Edwin and Samwel) to Kajiado’s Paranai area, the crime scene where the suspects dumped Wanjiku’s body after torturing her to death.
A pair of handcuffs used to on her, her company stamp stolen from her car, and a surgical face mask believed to have been worn by her, were recovered.
Also accompanied by Wanjiku’s younger sister, the team went to Kajiado Hospital mortuary, where she identified her body, reported to have been collected from the scene on 15th February.
The body had injuries on both wrists and its entirety, with the eyes plucked out of their sockets.
A Mercedes-Benz car, Reg KCW 179G, believed to have been used to dump Wanjiku’s body, has since been recovered at the first suspect’s home.
The four suspects are in custody as the investigations continue.