Police at the Kenya-Somalia border were not bribed by Alshabaab to let them into the country, Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has said.
This is against a recent United Nations report stating that Kenyan security forces accepted bribes of Ksh2,000 from the Al-shabaab terrorists in order to allow five suicide bombers to enter the country in February.
“The truth of the matter is we worked extremely hard and we do so willingly to protect and secure our people,” said Boinett.
In February, the police arrested two suspected Al-Shabaab operatives — Abdimajit Hasan Adan and Mohammed Nanne Osman — with a car laden with bombs meant for a major attack in Nairobi.
The UN report states that Adan’s and Nanne’s numerous journeys back and forth across the porous Kenya-Somalia border, they encountered little or no resistance from Kenyan security forces manning the border.
However, Boinett denies the allegations, stating that the border is tightly secured and there was no lapse of the security forces on the border.
“The interception of the vehicle in Merti was not something that happened by chance. There was a lot of background work done by a number of agencies to ensure the vehicle does not cross and we got it,” added Boinnet.
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