Abduction of ‘Nation’ journalist was an attempted murder, Gov’t Spokesman says

Abduction of ‘Nation’ journalist was an attempted murder, Gov’t Spokesman says

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe has termed the abduction of Nation journalist Barack Oduor as an attempted murder.

In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday morning, Kiraithe lauded Oduor as a “courageous” man who was waylaid in the course of his duties.

“It now appears that his abduction was an attempted murder…we take this opportunity to assure the public and the media fraternity in particular that this matter will be expeditiously investigated,” the Government Spokesman said.

Eric Kiraithe was previously the spokesman for the National Police Service.

His statement comes just hours after the body of Sharon Otieno was found at Kodera Forest in Homa Bay County.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado has since denied claims linking him to the murder of the 26-year-old student and the abduction of the Nation journalist.

However, the student’s family claim that they have evidence to the contrary.

“We have been having numerous phone conversations with Obado and his PA Oyamo,” Melida Otieno, the girl’s mother told Citizen Digital.

On Wednesday, Kisumu Woman Rep Rosa Akinyi Buyu also called for the arrest and prosecution of the Governor.

Sharon was abducted alongside the Nation journalist on Monday evening.

Oduor however managed to escape by jumping out of the moving vehicle.

Pictures on social media showed Oduor with serious injuries on his knees after the dramatic escape.