By Okiki Adeduyite
A Kenyan man, Kelvin Kangethe, wanted in the United States for the murder of his girlfriend, has managed to escape authorities while being held in custody in Kenya.
According to reports by the BBC and other local media, the Nairobi Police have confirmed that the 41-year-old walked out of the police station and boarded a vehicle.
According to a report by The Kenya Times, Nairobi Police Boss Adamson Bungei confirmed the development and revealed that investigations are underway to determine how the suspect wanted by the US government was able to escape.
Bungei also confirmed the arrest of four police officers and a lawyer.
Kangethe was detained while awaiting the execution of an extradition request from the US government.
According to the Kenya Times, a man who identified himself as Kangethe’s lawyer visited the Muthaiga Police Station and asked to speak with his client.
On Wednesday, February 7, the suspect disappeared, prompting investigations.
BBC reports that Kangethe, according to authorities, murdered his girlfriend in October 2022 and left her body in a car at Boston Logan International Airport.
He subsequently took a flight to Kenya, his country of origin.
According to reports from US media, the family of Kangethe’s girlfriend, Margaret Mbitu, revealed that she had intended to break up with the suspect before the tragic incident occurred.
She was a nurse from Kenya, living and working in Halifax, Massachusetts.
Mbitu was last spotted departing her workplace on the evening of October 30, 2022.
She was reported missing on the same day and her body was found two days later.
Authorities suspect that Kangethe departed from the US during the timeframe between Mbitu’s disappearance and the finding of her body.
Kangethe was connected to the murder when security footage showed him leaving the airport parking lot, where Mbitu’s body was discovered.
He boarded a flight the morning after Mbitu’s disappearance.
In November, police in Kenya launched a manhunt for Kangethe.
He was arrested in Nairobi’s Parklands area at an entertainment establishment, three months after he fled from the US.
On February 1, the Kenya Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions released a statement on its X account, confirming that they had received an extradition application from the United States against him. He was wanted for first-degree murder charges in Massachusetts.
As a result, a court in Nairobi granted the prosecution side 30 days custodial orders to facilitate the processing of the suspect.