MISSING ETHIOPIAN

Ethiopian businessman missing after abduction in Nairobi

Samson Teklemichael is of Tigray origin and it is not clear if this is the reason for his abduction.

In Summary
  • Samson Teklemichael was driving his Bentley car when he was stopped in broad daylight by a man wearing traffic police uniforms and later removed by other men in civilian clothes.
  • She said he called her as he was being taken away and later switched off.
Samson Teklemichael in a past photo. He is missing since November 19 when he was abducted from the road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi- Handout
Samson Teklemichael in a past photo. He is missing since November 19 when he was abducted from the road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi- Handout

An Ethiopian businessman based in Nairobi is missing after he was abducted by unknown people on Friday, November 19.

Samson Teklemichael was driving his Bentley car when he was stopped in broad daylight by a man wearing traffic police uniforms and later removed by other men in civilian clothes.

He was later dragged into a Subaru car as other road users recorded the drama.

He has not been seen or heard of since then.

His wife Milen Mezgebo said she cannot locate him since then. She said he called her as he was being taken away and later switched off.

“He called and told me he had been abducted by people he didn’t know. After that, he disconnected. We have reported the matter to the police and embassy but no help so far,” she said.

Teklemichael is a businessman in the oil and gas business.

TIGRAY ORIGIN

He deals with oil and gas products in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, his friends said. He is of Tigray origin.

It is not clear if this is the reason for his abduction.

The abductors left his car at the scene along the road in Kileleshwa only for the wife to be informed by a friend that her husband's car had been parked in the middle of the road and she later picked it up.

No contact has since been made to the family, which is pleading with authorities to locate him.

In the video that has since gone viral, Teklemichael can be heard pleading with witnesses at the scene to record his capture.

Mezgebo said she picked the car from the scene and took it home and reported the matter at Kilimani Police Station.

"The police say they are still investigating, they are not getting anything then that means we are not safe, we are not safe here," she added. 

Mezgebo insisted her husband is a reputable businessman who exports gas cylinders to Ethiopia and that he had not expressed fears over his life.

She said she doesn’t know the motive of the incident.

“If there is a problem there is a way of law you take that person to court, if they are not happy with that person they deport," she added. 

There were plans by the family to move to court to force his production.

Tigray gunmen are at war with Ethiopian troops which has displaced many and led to the deaths of hundreds of people.

Kilimani OCPD Andrew Muturi confirmed that the matter is being investigated by DCI detectives at the station.

The abduction of Teklemichael adds to the growing list of people who have been abducted in the country allegedly by security officers in unclear circumstances with investigations into the cases remaining unresolved.

Some of the victims have since been released after their ordeal at the hands of the captors.

Edited by D Tarus