Ethiopian businessman kidnapped in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya – A prominent Ethiopian businessman was kidnapped in broad daylight on Saturday on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, police confirmed, noting that efforts to trace him have been activated.
Samson Teklemichael was kidnapped by people suspected of being security guards in the latest wave of impunity in which Kenyan police are regularly accused. The incident took place in Kileleshwa in Nairobi according to reports.
Amateur social media video shows two men [one in a police uniform], pulling Samson Teklemichael out of his black Mercedes Benz before putting him in a waiting car.
The businessman is heard pleading for release as people watch helplessly along the road. His vehicle was abandoned at the scene of the incident and his captors traveled to an unknown location.
His wife Milen Mezgebo, when questioned by police, gave no progress on the case, adding that she had reported the case to Kilimani Police Station in Nairobi but had not yet been informed. some progress.
“We have not yet received any report on his fate. I learned of the incident on social media, I went to the site, I chose the vehicle. The police have not yet made any progress and I am deeply concerned about this situation, ”she said.
She added: “If anyone has a problem with him, they can at least sue him. As far as I’m concerned, he has never reported any threat to his life. I urge the police to find him immediately. where he is.”
The businessman traded in gas cylinders, an activity he would have carried on for many years. His kidnapping comes as Ethiopia grapples with a civil war in Tigray that has left thousands dead.