NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has declared Boni forest a dangerous place due to the Al Shabaab threat.
The police boss has now ordered residents to surrender all arms in their possession and quit due to an imminent security operation.
Boinnet has told Capital FM News that the declaration is to enable security agencies conduct their work.
“It is as required by law. Security agencies must be allowed to do their job,” Boinnet stated.
Al Shabaab militants have posed a major security threat in the vast forest in Garissa County, often launching attacks on residents and security agencies.
The Boni National Reserve is a national reserve for conservation and lies in the Garissa County, Kenya.
“Upon publication of this notice, all inhabitants are ordered to surrender all arms and ammunition in their possession whether legal or otherwise with immediate effect to the nearest station or administrative office during the hours of the day for safe custody,” reads the gazette notice by Boinnet.
The Al-Shabaab militants have continuously used the forest to launch attacks within the soft areas of the coastal town of Lamu County.
Mpeketoni area of Lamu County has seen property and hundred of lives lost following Al-Shabaab attacks, a move that prompted the Government to issues a 6am to 6pm curfew.
The curfew has since been lifted after security improved.
The notice shall remain in force for a period of 90 days, “and is subject to extension.”