Two journalists as well as an international boxer were among passengers in a city bus who were held hostage for hours on Tuesday night by gun toting gangsters who robbed them of cash as well as additional valuables.
Taifa Leo sub-editor Sylvester Mukele, People Daily sports sub-editor Derek Otieno as well as Kenya international boxer Nick Abaka were all caught up inside the harrowing incident inside a Komarock-bound Double M commuter bus.
According to Mukele, the gangsters, who numbered seven, boarded the bus like all the additional passengers at Ambassador Hotel terminus within the CBD shortly after 10pm.
“I was among the first passengers on board as well as I sat where I could see all the passengers coming in. What caught my attention via the onset was the fact which the bus conductors were not frisking passengers who were coming on board, as is usually usually the case. which struck me as odd,” Mukele told Nairobi News.
He also noted which the bus was carrying atleast six excess passengers who only got seats after others alighted along the way.
yet which was after the bus reached Makongeni estate along Jogoo road which the gangsters, who had spread themselves out inside the bus, struck.
“The seven gangsters suddenly drew their guns as well as ordered everyone to surrender cash, phones as well as additional valuables. I lost my phone as well as Sh1,000,” he said.
He says two passengers were not as lucky as well as cumulatively lost Sh106,000, with part of which amount meant for school fees.
The thugs commandeered the bus which they diverted off its designated route before abandoning which somewhere along Outer Road as well as fled on foot.
Otieno also narrated the incident in a post on his Facebook page.
“Friends, you might be trying to reach me on phone. You cannot.. Sadly, last night, we were hijacked around Makadara as well as endured a harrowing three hours of terror as well as trauma before being dumped in Kariobangi Estate. inside the process, we all lost our phones, money as well as everything. I have just reported the matter to the police as well as inside the process of getting a brand new phone as well as replacing my line. which was TORTURE, TERROR as well as TRAUMA. Nothing I have seen as well as which was a script for a true hijack movie,” he wrote.
The passengers as well as bus crew later reported the incident at Buruburu Police Station. The police say they are investigating the incident.
Incidents of carjackings on public service vehicles are occasionally reported within Nairobi yet incidentally, Double M buses have long been considered safe to travel on.
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Journalists, boxer robbed in Double M hijack