On Saturday January 11 last year, DCI detectives arrested seven men in Nairobi who they described as “members of a notorious criminal gang.”
The men had broken into a car parked at a used car ‘showroom’ along Ngong Road, and stolen KSh900,000. According to the DCI, the men had trailed their victim from KCB Buruburu to the showroom where he intended to buy a car. They were arrested after police reviewed CCTV footage.
Among the gang members was a one Benjamin Imbai Amache, aka Bena. A person bearing the same names is one of the four now reported missing in Kitengela since April 19. He alongside Elijah Obuong, 35, Brian Oduor, 36, and Jack Ochieng, 37, have not been seen since they had a Nyama Choma lunch at a popular club in Kitengela on that said date.
In the earlier arrest, DCI named Boaz Otieno Owino Aka “Baba Fabian”, Collins Orupto Ipara Aka “Collo”, Duncan Wahira Gakungu Aka “Dante”, William Kamau Maina Aka “Willo” Aka “Michuki”, Jacqueline Njoki Mwangi Aka “Lady Bose” and Ian Kibe Kinyua Aka “Kibe”.
“Someone posted on Facebook that a car belonging to one of my brother’s friends had been parked near a club in Kitengela on April 20. When we got there, we found three jackets on the back seat,” Elvis Imbai, the missing Imbai’s younger brother is quoted by the Nation as saying.
According to testimonies of family members, the quartet’s disappearance happened at the same time. Their mobile phones were reportedly switched off at around 2pm the same day.
Three of the men left their homes in Eastlands and congregated at the home of their colleague before their onward journey to Kitengela. They were in a Toyota Mark X.
“We talked over the phone at 8am then again at 1pm. I told him that I was so bored in the house. He told me that he would call later, which has not happened till now,” Ochieng’s wife Monica Wanjiru said.
The Mark X, registration number KCQ 715C, was found parked about 500m from the club. The families say a man named “Ericko” reached to out to them through social media, informing them of the location of the car. The same “Ericko” posted messages of condolences that has stirred the families into shock.
“We do not understand why the police have not yet tracked their mobile phones till now, and this Ericko man why have have they not arrested him yet? I understand that he does not pick anyone’s calls but he calls whenever he pleases,” Amache’s mother said.
The families have every reason to be concerned. Last year, three friends known to one of the missing men disappeared without trace. Their car was found abandoned in Parklands, Nairobi, and nothing has been heard about them since.
The DCI office at Isinya, led by Jeremiah Ndubai says they are incorporating various tools including CCTV footages to trace the four.