17 arrested, 230 animals seized in Isiolo over cattle rustling

More than 200 officers from Meru and Isiolo counties are pursuing other attackers.

Saturday February 20 2016

The Isiolo County security team, led by County Commissioner George Natembeya, on October 28, 2015 hands over to the Meru security team 18 cattle recovered at Kiwanjani after a recent cattle rustling incident. More than 60 scouts from Oldonyiro conservancy graduated on July 19, 2016 as rangers after a two-week training by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Isiolo County security team, led by County Commissioner George Natembeya, on October 28, 2015 hands over to the Meru security team 18 cattle recovered at Kiwanjani after a recent cattle rustling incident. More than 60 scouts from Oldonyiro conservancy graduated on July 19, 2016 as rangers after a two-week training by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By VIVIAN JEBET
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Seventeen suspected raiders were Friday arrested at Attan in Isiolo in connection with cattle rustling in Meru.

During the operation, 230 animals were seized from the community where the suspects come from, to be held until all the 68 cows stolen during the raid in Tigania East are returned.

Isiolo Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Rutto, who led the operation, said more than 200 officers from Meru and Isiolo counties are pursuing other attackers.

“The 230 animals have been taken from the community whose members are believed to have stolen the animals. This is accordance to the Boma Declaration. The suspects will help us in investigations,” said Mr Rutto.

During Wednesday’s raid, a Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) officer was killed and his firearm stolen.

The DCC further noted that security officers will compel the villagers to return the stolen animals and surrender the armed raiders hiding in the area.

He noted that chiefs and their assistants will be held accountable if they failed to produce a list of known criminals within their jurisdictions.

CONDONE CATTLE THEFT

Three administrators have already been put on notice for condoning cattle theft in their areas.

Last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery instructed county chiefs to employ the Boma Declaration and to ensure all stolen animals are returned to the owners.

“Following the CS’s directive, we have taken intense measures to curb insecurity caused by cattle theft,” added the administrator.

The recovered animals were driven to the Isiolo Police Station.

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