Police bosses in a crisis security meeting

December 5, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – Top security chiefs held a crisis meeting in Nairobi on Sunday to map out strategies of fighting soaring crime in the country.

The meeting convened by Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere was particularly keen to look for ways of curbing organised crime in the wake of twin grenade attacks in Nairobi on Friday when three police officers were killed.

An almost similar attack occurred in Narok late on Friday when men riding on a motor cycle shot dead two businessmen, raising tension in the country.

Mr Iteere has invited the FBI to help investigate the Nairobi attacks.

“We wish to send a strong warning to the criminals that attacking innocent law enforcement officers on duty is an affront against the rule of law and this will not be tolerated.  We do not think it’s Al Shabab militia group who are responsible. That is why we are enlisting the FBI to assist us,” he said.

Mr Iteere did not address journalists after the Sunday crisis meeting with his senior officers but Nairobi Provincial Police Chief Anthony Kibuchi confirmed the meeting was called to strategise on ways of fighting crime.

“I wish to confirm that we have held a meeting here which was called by the Police Commissioner and we have talked at length on how to fight crime, particularly during this festive season,” Mr Kibuchi told journalists after the meeting.

He said: “We will employ various strategies to ensure the city is safe. The incidents that occurred on Friday are regrettable.”

Mr Kibuchi did not reveal at length issues discussed at the meeting only saying that the issue of aliens was one of the main challenges they were facing.

“This issue of aliens is not only facing us here in Nairobi. It is a challenge faced across the country. But we are tackling it. We will be conducting security operations on aliens everyday,” he said.

On Saturday night, more than 300 suspected criminals were arrested in a major security operation conducted in some city estates.

Those arrested include aliens from various neighbouring countries mainly Somalia and  Ethiopia.

Mr Kibuchi told journalists the suspects were being interrogated and those found to be culpable of any crimes will be charged in court on Monday. Some of the suspects have already been released.

Mr Kibuchi assured members of the public that police were taking the twin grenade attacks very seriously.

“We are not treating the matter lightly, the suspects will be apprehended and taken to court, the commissioner of police elaborated this matter at length yesterday,” Mr Kibuchi said.


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