Security beefed up at Likoni ferry crossing channel following terror alert
19 June 2016, 07:26
Mombasa - Security has been beefed up at the Mombasa Likoni ferry crossing following intelligence reports of possible terror attacks at the busy channel.
Mombasa County commissioner Maalim Mohamed said that security officers have been deployed at the vital and sensitive installation adding that each ferry plying the channel will be escorted by armed security personnel to counter any threat.
He said the government was prepared to secure the crossing channel that has had its own share of drama ranging from human to vehicle accidents which plunge into the Ocean.
Maalim also intimated that security checks and body search at the entry to the ferry will be more thorough with vehicles and handcarts also being seriously screened.
“The government has the teeth to bite and will not allow few criminals to make this region look insecure,” said Maalim.
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The agency has ordered for two ferries at a cost of USD 18 million dollars, with a down payment of KES 300 million having been paid.
While addressing a press confrence at the Uhuru na Kazi building during a security meeting with security firms, Maalim noted that over 3,000 commuters and 500 vehicles use the channel daily.
He said that police will work closely with private security firms to ensure that security is maintained, but noted that the private guards will have to be trained by State security officials first.
The County Commissioner at the same time warned private security firms against using uniforms similar to those of Government security forces.
“We really want to discourage that. We do not want to see security firms with similar uniforms as those of our disciplined forces,” said Maalim.
The security firms led by Winster managing director Anthony Ndegwa vowed to work closely with the police to ensure crime alerts are handled as soon as they occur.
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