The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has condemned the recent attacks on National Police Reservists (NPRs) in Mandera.
Through a statement, IPOA noted that the attack that left one officer dead and two others injured was a plot to buttress security operations in the region.
“Unfortunately, during the incident on Friday, June 2, 2023, in Mandera County, the attack resulted in the death of one person while two others sustained injuries; they were part of patriotic Kenyans serving in the National Police Reserve (NPR)," the statement reads in parts.
On my own behalf, and on the behalf of the@IPOA_KE I send condolences to the Inspector General of Police, the National Police Service, National Police Reservists, the family and friends of our fellow citizen, who lost his life while protecting us. I wish quick recovery to his… pic.twitter.com/bumHlcdqy0— Anne Makori (@anne_makori) June 3, 2023
The authority commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased officer and called on the police to act swiftly and arrest the perpetrators.
"At the onset, the Authority send condolences to the inspector General of police, members of the National Police Service, National Police Reservists, the family and friends of the fallen hero," the statement reads in parts.
The authority further indicated that police should move with speed and tame bandits who have been a menace disturbing the residents in the troubled areas.
They also assured Kenyans of their commitment to service delivery and protecting the lives of all Kenyans.
"IPOA, in the strongest terms possible, condemns actions of armed organised criminal groups that seek to threaten peace and tranquillity enjoyed by Kenyans.
“Preliminary reports indicate the incident was a cowardly act of terror and the Authority believes in the determination and unparalleled capabilities of the National Police Service to pursue and bring to justice all criminal elements that may bring instability to the country,” the statement added.