NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 5 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has dismissed reports that his chopper was shot at when he toured Laikipia County on Saturday.
Boinnet has Capital FM News that he safely left the area after addressing officers on the ground, with no shooting incident on his chopper.
“Those are malicious and false reports,” he said, “I went to Laikipia and held a security meeting with my officers and left. I was there for two hours and there was nothing like that.”
Laikipia West Assistant Deputy Commissioner Samwel Kiarie later told journalists that it was another helicopter carrying security personnel were shot at by raiders but no casualties were reported.
Boinnet’s response followed media reports that his chopper was aimed at by illegal grazers at a ranch in Laikipia, and indeed shot as it took off.
A statement from his office later Sunday castigated the media reports, terming them as “malicious and totally false.”
“At no time did the Inspector General and his entourage encounter any hostility of whatever kind or an attempt to shoot at the Police helicopter as reported by two newspapers,” the statement issued by Police Spokesman George Kinoti said.
Boinnet said more police officers have been dispatched to the area to restore security following threats posed by illegal grazers who even set ablaze a ranch in the area.
The police chief had toured the troubled ranches in Laikipia County following cases of insecurity in recent weeks after herders invaded private ranches.