Operation to flush out bandits on Meru-Isiolo border launched
The government is now set to conduct an operation in Maili Saba on the Meru-Isiolo border in a bid to flush out bandits who have staged attacks in the region.
Speaking at Maili Tatu Police Station grounds in Buuri Constituency, Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga said that the operation starts on Wednesday.
“We will conduct the operation starting tomorrow in order to restore normalcy to this region because the security situation has deteriorated and we can no longer negotiate with these criminals. We have deployed enough officers to the affected areas.” Nyagwanga said.
In the peace meeting that brought together security teams from Isiolo and Meru counties, the Meru police boss was keen to note that bandit attacks are instigated by individuals with business interests to the detriment of the locals.
Nyagwanga further cautioned residents of the two counties against harboring the bandits and advised them to instead report them to the police to end conflict in the region.
“For a long time now the bandits have invaded homes of innocent citizens and attacked them, if you are a resident of this area and you are colluding with them you are contributing to the insecurity in this region.” posed Nyagwanga.
Also present was Isiolo Assistant County Commissioner Otieno Okich, who released nine names of armed bandits from his county believed to be harassing Maili Saba residents.
Among those named include; Eyan Awoi, Lomunyin Lokunoi, Loibash Long’elesh Kapelbok, Lomutukai Ngichilik, Lotaba, Gabriel, Edong’a Reet and Ledong’o whom he branded as ‘guns for hire’.
The bandit attacks in the two counties have since resulted into the deaths of more than two people in the last one month.
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