The Kenyan-Somali researcher Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisamad made headline news when he was abducted about two weeks ago by unknown assailants along Tubman Road in Nairobi. He made more headline news when he was released this week by his abductors who interestingly, gave him 2000 shillings for fare. However, even after his release, he continues to make headlines as connections can now be confirmed between him and one of the country’s top female news anchors.
Yesterday, prominent city lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi wrote on his Twitter handle that Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisamad had visited him in his office where the lawyer debriefed him. In what was unclear as to whether he was serious or speaking on a light note, the outspoken lawyer went on to say that Abdiwahab’s abductors had even reached out to him and greeted him.
KTN news anchor Linda Ogutu then replied to the tweet. Referring to Ahmednasir by the initials of his nickname Grand Mullah, GM, Linda revealed that Abdiwahab was her friend, and asked the lawyer to pass along her greetings. She wrote,
Pass my regards GM. He is a good friend. Glad he is okay.
The earlier on missing Kenyan-Somali researcher who was abducted from the city centre in Nairobi was released by his captors on the 19th.
The family of Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisamad who was the executive director of the Institute for Horn of Africa Strategic Studies and an analyst at Southlink Consultants says he was released that Sunday evening but were cagey with specific details pertaining to his release.
His wife Halima Mohamed only confirmed the cleric had been released. Later on, details concerning his abductors giving him fare came out.
Those who visited him at his South C home said he told them he was out of Nairobi but did not know where exactly
“He says he is tired and wants to sleep for up to three days. He added that he had been feeding well and his abductors took him out of Nairobi where they asked him several questions,” said one of those who saw him on Sunday.
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