Two suspects behind the kidnapping of Kamukunji-based businesswoman have been set free on a bond of Sh1 million or two sureties of Sh500,000 each.
24-year-old Jackson Njogu and 21-year-old Hafsa Abdi were charged with five counts of assault, abduction, conspiring to commit a felony, disabling and stealing from Hafsa Lukman.
“There is no compelling reason by the state to deny the two bond,” ruled the court.
This comes after the state filed an application to deny them bond on grounds they did not have a fixed place of abode and were likely to abscond, if released after the suspects denied charges.
Makadara principal magistrate Merissa Opondo and chief magistrate Heston Nyagah however, warned the accused against contacting the complainant or any witnesses directly or indirectly.
The two lovers are believed to be the masterminds behind the kidnapping of Hafsa from her shop and managed to siphon a total of Sh650,000 from the victim’s bank accounts while she was in captivity.
Hafsa was lured into a lucrative watermelon business before she was abducted.
They confined her in a house in Matopeni area in Kayole between June, 15 and June, 20, forced her into an empty water tank where she was tortured as they demanded a ransom of Sh5 million, in exchange for her freedom.
Further, the suspects were directed to be reporting to the investigating officer every fourth night at dates to be agreed on until further orders of the court.