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Mombasa family appeals for help to trace kin

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[Mohammed Abubakar Said, a 22-year-old Umma University student who was abducted last week on Thursday. Photo/Courtesy].

A family in Mombasa is appealing for help tracing their kin who was allegedly arrested by unknown armed men.

Led by Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki, the family is calling upon the security agencies in the county to assist them in tracing the whereabouts of their relative, Mohammed Abubakar.

Mohammed Abubakar Said, a 22-year-old Umma University student, was picked at gun point at around 8.30 pm as he was heading to their Ganjoni home from the Ishaa prayers at Masjid Azhar in Majengo, Mombasa.

He was bundled into one of three cars that were waiting, including a white Toyota Probox, before being driven off at high speed.

Report

Faki said the Senate is expected to debate a report of missing persons, especially at the Coast, on Tuesday, giving hope for victims and their families on the way forward.

A planned censure motion over enforced disappearances by Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki was shelved after Mombasa businessman Abdulhakim Saggar, 40, who had been abducted and held incommunicado for over 30 days, was released.

Saggar’s abduction and the consequent admission by security agents that they had held him triggered Faki’s planned motion.

A report of the Senate on extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, will be debated this week. It is on the order paper,” said Faki.

He said the resolution that will be made over the report will determine whether he will push on with the censure motion or not.

More abductions

This comes as yet another man from Mombasa was abducted by people believed to be security agents at Seven Up area in Majengo, Mombasa County last week on Thursday.

His whereabouts remain unknown despite reporting at Central Police Station.

His friend, Ali Nassir, was also picked on Friday within the same area but was found abandoned in a street in Nairobi on Saturday morning looking dazed and confused.

He was rushed to a hospital in Nairobi’s South C for medical check-up by relatives who he had called.

Faki said in all the cases, police officers within stations that are within a small radius of the incidents were unaware of the happenings.

“We highly suspect these acts are done by security agents. We remind the government that the constitution provides for any suspect to be arrested and arraigned in court within 24 hours,” he said.

Police have always denied involvement in the disappearances of suspects, who inside sources always indicate have links to terrorists, terror-related activities or extremist ideas.

Mohammed’s family described him as a religious person, who sometimes led prayers at Masjid Ibrahim in Ganjoni.

[Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki (C) addressing journalists in his Ganjoni Office, on right he is flanked by Faris Rubea, the Norwegian International Society for Justice and Peace ambassador. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

He is undertaking a Diploma in Business Management at Umma University. He is expected to complete his studies in December this year.

Faris Rubea, the Norwegian International Society for Justice and Peace ambassador, said they are not opposed to police doing their work, but insisted they must do their work within the confines of the law.

“If anyone among us commits a crime, there are legal ways to deal with the matter. This issue of enforced disappearances has become too much,” he said.