Sh1m bounties placed on three suspects in Italian's kidnapping

Wednesday March 18 2020

Ibrahim Adan Omar, one of the suspects in the abduction of Italian student volunteer Sylvia Constanca, in this poster released by the National Police Service on November 24, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY


Police have offered a Sh3 million reward for information on three key suspects in the abduction on Italian volunteer Sylvia Constanca in Chakama, Kilifi County.

In a statement on Saturday, the National Police Service (NPS) identified the three as Ibrahim Adan Omar, Yusuf Kuno Adan and Said Adan Abdi. A Sh1 million bounty was placed on each of them.


Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they narrowed down to the three after extensive investigations.

Mr Boinnet asked members of the public with any helpful information to give it to officers at the nearest police stations.

"A cash reward of Sh1 million will be offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspects," he said.


Regarding motorcycles that were seized as part of the investigations, Mr Boinnet said they may have been used as the getaway vehicles.

He reported that they were originally assembled by Auto Industries Limited in Nairobi and then sold to Malindi Coast Motorcycles.

"The motorcycles were then sold to one Moses Suleiman Mbogo of ID 21524176 and one Joseph Bakuna Kazungu of ID 21498255."

Mr Boinnet ordered the two to report to the nearest police station immediately.

He advised the public to transfer vehicle ownership within the required time to prevent inconveniences in future.


Ms Constanca was kidnapped last Tuesday by people who also wounded five locals.

The 23-year-old was a manager of a non-governmental organisation known as African Milele Onlus.

In a Twitter thread, the NPS said the attackers “fired indiscriminately at residents”, injuring the five.

Police were deployed to the scene after the attack but by the time they arrived, sources told the Nation, the gunmen had already crossed River Galana.