A security operation to mop up illegal weapons in Marsabit County, which kicked off officially on Sunday has led to the recovery of three guns stolen from police officers killed in Jaldesa area on Tuesday night.
The Eastern Regional Commissioner (RC), Isaiah Nakoru said the operation that would be sustained until all illegal weapons are mopped up, also aims at bringing to book criminals who have been terrorizing innocent residents.
In a press briefing held outside the county commissioner’s office on yesterday afternoon, Nakoru said that the three G3 rifles were found abandoned at different spots on the road within Shurr area.
Nakoru added that all outlets, including illegal routes to the neighbouring Ethiopia and other counties have been sealed off to ensure that no weapon is ferried outside Marsabit.
However, he assured residents that the exercise will be conducted with a human face, hence no cause for alarm.
“All routes out and into the county have been sealed off so that criminals do not ferry illegal firearms in their possession outside this jurisdiction,” he said, adding that no part of Marsabit county will be left untouched.
Nakoru who was flanked by the Eastern Police Commander, Eunice Kihiko, the Regional Criminal Investigations Officer, Jonah Kirui and the Marsabit County Commissioner, Evans Achoki commended security officers involved in the operation for their commitment and patriotism.
The RC added that firearms that will be recovered during the mop up exercise will be examined by ballistic experts to ascertain if they have been used in committing crime within the county or around the country.
By Sebastian Miriti