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RC urges residents to remain vigilant and volunteer information

North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nicodemus Ndalana has urged area residents to remain vigilant and provide security agents with information about suspected Al-Shabaab operatives within their midst.
Ndalana pledged that such information will be promptly acted upon as the government steps up efforts to rid the region of the Somalia based terror group.
The regional commissioner assured those volunteering the information to the relevant security agents that their identity and information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
“It’s true we have had in the past informants complaining that the information they volunteer is later leaked to the enemy putting the lives and those of their families in danger,” Ndalani said.
“Leaking of information is unacceptable. I have been preaching this message to my chiefs, security officers whenever I get the chance to meet them. It remains so and I really don’t expect such complaints,” he added.
He reiterated that without information about suspected criminals, the work of security agents will be highly compromised.
“We need information to act on. In its absence our work as security agents will be extremely difficult,” the administrator noted.
Ndalana was speaking in his office today when he awarded certificates of commendation to an assistant chief and seven National Police Reservists (NPR) from Dadaab sub-county for killing two notorious Al-Shabaab militants in their area on March 6.
“This is not only an act of bravery from your part but a display of patriotism that ought to be emulated by your colleagues,” Ndalana said.
“I have been longing to meet you personally to congratulate you for the brilliant work you did. I expect to be meeting more of you as we work together in getting rid of Al-Shabaab from our region,” he said.
Ndalana however regretted that some NPRs and chiefs have been known to be accomplices of the militia.
“I want to warn those NPRs, chiefs and their assistants who have been aiding the Al-Shabaab that we shall treat them as Al-Shabaab when we catch up with them,” he said.
On challenges facing the NPRs and the chiefs, Ndalana said that his office is aware of the matter and promised to take appropriate action.
The assistant chief and the NPRs whose identity were concealed for security reasons had earlier told the regional commissioner that most of them lack uniforms, adequate ammunitions, delay in payment of their allowances among others.
By Jacob Songok

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