Pastors sparked a little drama in Irewa village, Kiharu, Muranga County, Kenya on Friday, when they refused to officiate at the burials of an 82-year-old kidnapper, Wangari Muturi Karanja and her nephew, Sammy Mwangi Kang’ethe, 26.
The deceased were together with another man from Njumbi village in Mathioya constituency, when they were shot dead by heavily armed police who stormed the granny’s home, in search of one Margaret Waitherero from Samar village in Maragua who had been kidnapped by the 82-year-old’s gang.
The granny was a member of the local Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), while her nephew was a Catholic. It was gathered that the Pastors who later officiated the two burial ceremonies came from Kayole in Nairobi and in Naivasha.
The Police Officer’s charge into the home, reportedly led to the rescue of kidnnapped Margaret Waitherero. An AK 47 assault rifle, a home -made gun and several bullets were recovered from the home. The criminals were demanding a KSh 5 million ranson from Waitherero’s family before they could release her, with police sources confirming that the woman’s husband had sent part of the ransom.
Tuko reported that there was heavy police presence (uniformed police officers and others in plain clothes) who maintained surveillance during the burial, with hope that accomplices in crime of the deceased could attend their final farewell.
Few months ago, the Nigerian Police also paraded a 63-year-old kidnap kingpin, Maitarari Isa Saidu, who was arrested with 35 stolen vehicles. Saidu was paraded in Minna, Niger State by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPPRO) Jimoh Moshood in Minna along with 48 suspects, including two of his children.
The father of 29 children and three wives told journalists that he was behind several kidnap activities across the state and neighbouring Zamfara, Kaduna and FCT and Yobe in the Northeast. He said he collected N300m and N170m respectively from his last two operations before concentrating on the business of receiving stolen vehicles. He said the police recovered 28 stolen cars from his depots in Niger and Abuja, 15 others from Zamfara and a number of other stolen cars from Kaduna.