The police in Mombasa have launched a Kenyan man suspecting of getting masterminded the kidnapping and robbing at gunpoint of some $53,000 (N26,500,000) from Bitcoin accounts belonging to a Nigerian nationwide (identify withheld).
Police studies seen by SaharaReporters indicated that Abdulmanaf Hashil is alleged to have used his closeness with the Nigerian man who’s a Bitcoin dealer to rob him of the forex from his cell phone.
The Nigerian, who has since gone underground for concern of his life and that of his quick household together with his Kenyan spouse and four-year-old son, stated that he had identified Hashil since he arrived in Mombasa two years in the past.
“Hashil even assisted me in getting a home in Nyali the place I lived with my household.He usually visited me and we grow to be shut as household even attending household outings collectively,” the Nigerian stated.
The Nigerian man stated that final week, Hashil conspired with individuals who pretended to be cops and arrested and handcuffed him earlier than driving him round city .
“All this time they have been in fixed communication with an individual who was giving them directions.A gun was pointed to my head and I used to be ordered to disclose the cell pin variety of my Bitcoin account,” he stated
He managed to interrupt free from his abductors on the evening he was hijacked after he noticed police patrolling.
“I shouted for assist calling on police to come back to my rescue. My abductors appeared to know their recreation plan effectively and even handed me over to police and left. I used to be promptly arrested and advised I had damaged curfew guidelines because it was previous 10.00 pm,” he stated.
He added that every one this time, his spouse and a neighbour have been trying to find him and had reported him lacking on the Nyali Police station.
The abductors are stated to have gotten in contact together with his spouse pretending to be cops and demanded to be despatched cash for him to be launched.
His spouse obliged and despatched sh50,000 to the abductors.
The second day upon his launch, the Nigerian found that every one the monies in his Bitcoin accounts had been transferred from his cell phone.
”I reported the matter to Nyali Police station and was issued with an OB quantity OB 38/17/08/2021,” he stated.
SaharaReporters gathered that as a substitute of charging Hashil to courtroom, the police on Tuesday morning launched him.
“He was purported to be in courtroom however was launched this morning by the police. The police didn’t cost him to courtroom. Hashil even threatened the Nigerian man within the station proper in presence of the police,” a supply advised SaharaReporters.
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