Former Mungiki Leader Maina Njenga has been released hours after the opposition issued a statement over his abduction.
In a statement on Sunday, September 17, Njenga’s lawyer Ndegwa Njiru confirmed his release hours after the Azimio la Umoja presser.
“Client Maina Njenga finally released by the rogue police hit squad after our press conference,” Njiru stated.
While speaking to the media, Njenga’s lawyer noted that the unknown abductors dumped him in Limuru, Kiambu County in the evening of Sunday, September 17.
According to him, Njenga was blindfolded and was only informed of his location after arriving in a well-furnished house in Naivasha.
Njiru claims that the abductors left Njenga on the road and resorted to using a motorcycle to his home. Njenga’s family, however, confirmed that he was safe albeit traumatized.
The police were however yet to issue a statement of the alleged arrest.
On Sunday, September 17, Azimio leaders led by Wiper Party Kalonzo Musyoka and his Narc Kenya counterpart Martha Karua issued a statement demanding Njenga’s release.
In the joint statement, the leaders accused the police of abducting Njenga to dissuade the nation from challenges facing Kenyans.
Further, the leaders raised concerns about the timing of the alleged abduction, noting that Njenga was scheduled for a pre-trial on Monday, September 18.
“The information we have suggests that the abductors did not identify themselves, nor did they state that he was under arrest,” Azimio stated.
“All indications point to this being an operation carried out by rogue police.”
Maina Njenga tribulations
The former Mungiki leader’s tribulations started in May 2023 when he was arrested from his home and detained before appearing in court.
A contingent of police officers also raided his homes in different towns amid the then heightened tension occasioned by the Azimio la Umoja led anti-government protests.
At the time, the state accused Njenga of several offences including possession of weapons which police linked to the anti-government protests.
On Monday, Njenga is expected to appear before a Makadara Law Courts judge for a pre-trial in his case.