Police in Kiambu County have intensified intelligence gathering mechanisms to combat the possible entry of terrorist gang to the country’s capital and other parts using the Thika–Garissa highway.
Kiambu County Police Commander, Ali Nuno, said they were on high alert and had arrested three suspects believed to be Al Shabaab in the last three weeks and handed them over to the Anti-terrorism Unit.
He said two of them were arrested while on a Garissa-Nairobi bound bus three weeks ago, along the highway while the third was arrested two weeks ago in Thika’s Makongeni Estate.
“We are very well prepared to combat any terrorist activity. We know they may use the Thika-Garissa highway to gain entry into the Capital city. We have intensified crackdowns on roadblocks and are working on intelligence report,” he said.
Kiambu County Commissioner, Wilson Wanyanga, assured residents of their safety, saying the County Security team is on high alert.
This comes as the country is on high alert following incidences of terror attacks in some parts of the country.
“We are on top of things to secure the public, infrastructure and institutions,” he said during a meeting with security teams from Juja, Gatundu North, Gatundu South, Thika East, Thika West and Ruiru Sub-counties in Thika, yesterday.
Nuno at the same time called out rogue police officers who were involved in crime, saying disciplinary and administrative action will be taken against them.
This comes as a female police officer was arrested on Saturday for breaking into an Alcoholic manufacturing plant in Thika and together with accomplices stole alcoholic drinks valued at Ksh3million.
Another officer was arrested while logging and has since been charged in court.
“We shall not do a cover-up for individual officers who are turning against the members of the public to commit the crime. Once the court process is over, administrative actions will be taken against them,” he said.