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Families of three men abducted in Isiolo town ask govt to release their kin

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Accompanied by local community leaders and activists, he said the State should either release their kin or present them in court if they were suspected of any offence.

Three families whose kin aged between 22-25 years were abducted by unknown assailants while leaving a popular hotel in Isiolo town early Saturday morning have appealed to the State to help trace the three young men.

Mukhtar Tache Ali, Nura Abdi Diba, and Issa Osman are said to have been bundled into two waiting white Prado vehicles and a Subaru car by heavily built masked men before being driven towards Nairobi around 5:30 am on the material day.

Issa's brother Abdi Osman Guyo appealed to the State to help them trace the kin who he claimed was sickly. "His health could deteriorate if he is not on medication due to his condition. He married recently," he said while claiming that the abductors were security officers.

He said the family had visited various police stations in Isiolo and Nairobi to no avail of their kin. "Any further detention infringes their right to liberty, dignity and security... We want them released unconditionally," he appealed.

Accompanied by local community leaders and activists, he said the State should either release their kin or present them in court if they were suspected of any offence.

A community leader, Yussuf Huka Jillo, said they suspect the youth could have been picked over the Gen Z protests that have been going on across the county.

"We suspect those who abducted them could be officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and demand their release as holding them incommunicado for four days is a breach of the law," he said.

Human rights activist Said Jillo Buke said it was sad that abductions remained rife despite President William Ruto's commitment that his administration would end the vice.

"You can't just pick someone in the pretext of having committed a crime and fail to present them in court 24 hours later," Hassan Kumpa said.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the three were in the company of two other men who were reportedly dropped at two different points between Isiolo and Timau towns along the Isiolo-Nanyuki road.

A senior detective privy to the issue intimated to The Eastleigh Voice that investigations into the incident were underway. "There are more details we need the families to furnish us with to support the ongoing probe," the officer shared.

The incident was reported at Isiolo Police Station vide OB No 29/06/07/24.

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