Manhunt launched after Ugandan man who kidnapped Kenyan police officer escapes police custody

The suspects accused of kidnapping a police officer in Busia. [Photo Nation]

Police in Nairobi are investigating how a Ugandan man accused of kidnapping a police officer managed to escape from custody at Kamukunji Police Station on Thursday.

The Ugandan national, 27-year-old Martin Wasike is alleged to have abducted a police officer, constable Abel Misato whose whereabouts are yet to be established on January 19.

Wasike is alleged to have committed this crime alongside, Shariff Wanabwa, also a Ugandan and Phoebe Anido Andayo who are in police custody.

Wasike together with the co-accused had been remanded at the station until June 2, 2020, after Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi issued this order.

Kamukunji Police Station OCS said that preliminary findings show that Wasike got away on between 3:30 pm Wednesday and 3:30 am Thursday.

An officer at the station said that the suspect escaped without a huff as no grill was cut in the cells as would be expected.

“No grills were cut and no one was injured. He may have tricked someone and left,” an officer told the Saturday Nation.

A manhunt for the suspect has already began although nothing much has come forth.

 “The search is ongoing. We are also investigating the circumstances under which he escaped custody. His co-accused did not escape; they are in custody,” Central police commander Mark Wanjala said.

State prosecutor Winnie Moraa had opposed the suspects’ plea for bail saying the fact they don’t have identification documents and permanent residence in Kenya, they are likely to jump bail if granted.

“The severe sentences pronounced in the charges they face are an incentive for the three to escape the wrath of the law,” she told the court.

The State also said that a fourth suspect involved in the kidnapping fled to Uganda but is being sought by Interpol.

The suspects are expected back in court on June 2.