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Ruto issues tough warning to bandits after Turkana massacre of GSU officers

Ruto issues tough warning to bandits after the Turkana massacre that left 11 killed including 8 GSU officers, a chief, and 2 civilians.

President William Ruto has called for a major operation to flush out cattle rustlers/ bandits who killed 8 security officers in Turkana and Pokot counties on Saturday, September 24.

In a statement issued on Sunday, September 25, through his Twitter handle Ruto ordered security agencies to firmly deal with the perpetrators of the Turkana massacre.

Additionally, Ruto assured the locals that his administration would put an end to livestock rustling.

He issued the order upon the receipt of a thorough report on the assault that resulted in the deaths of eight police officers, a chief, and two civilians. 

“After receiving a comprehensive report on the Turkana/Pokot incident that led to 10 security/administration officers losing their lives, I have instructed security agencies to deal firmly, decisively, and conclusively with those involved. Cattle rustling will stop na sio tafadhali,” Ruto stated.

Following Ruto’s directive, the National Police Service – NPS spokesperson Bruno Shioso affirmed that a multi-agency security operation was launched to flush out the bandits and restore normalcy in the region. 

“Following an attack against the locals of Kakiteitei Village in Turkana East Sub County where lives were lost and livestock stolen by bandits, a multi-agency security operation has today been launched in the area to arrest the perpetrators, recover the stolen animals and firearms, and return normalcy to the area,” he noted. 

The NPS also appealed to the public to provide any information that would lead to the arrest of the culprits. 

“NPS appeals to the public to cooperate with this noble effort to return security to the area by volunteering information that may lead to arrest of the criminals and recovery of stolen animals,” Shioso pointed out. 

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