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Lamu night curfew necessary: Kimaiyo

20 July 2014, 09:51 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The night curfew ordered in by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo in Lamu is necessary to curb levels of insecurity in the County, the police boss has said.

Kimaiyo announced the curfew Saturday evening in his office, where he called on residents to adhere to the new rules to help police deal with the menace.

" Due to the rising insecurity in Lamu County I do hereby issue curfew orders within Lamu County from July 20 2014 to August 2014 from 6.30p.m. to 6.30a.m. Every person residing within Lamu County is directed to remain indoors during the period the curfew order is in force except under and in accordance with the terms and condition of a written permit granted by the police county commander, he said.

He also declared the Boni forest and close by areas illegal.

" To enforce the order there will be a commensurate increase in security personnel. Boni and adjoining forests are now henceforth prohibited areas and any person found in the there will be treated as a hostile suspect and apprehended forthwith.

And to add to the levels of security, he declared that all persons must travel with the help of police escorts when passing by that area.

" All public transport vehicles in Lamu and Garsen will only be allowed to move under police escort and officers will offer security for schools and other vital installations in the county. All police officers currently on leave should report back to their stations immediately, the IG ordered.

The move, the IG says will help police deal with the current situation better as they seek to wrest control from the militia.

" We have to take measures that we feel will help the situation. The militia have instilled fear in the area and we want to change that, he said.

" The decision has been well thought out and I think it is necessary considering the state of affairs, he added.

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