3 elders arrested for aiding terror suspect
Three elderly men are being held by police on suspicion they helped terror suspects sneak into the country with the aim of carrying out attacks.
Mr Abdisalaw Abdullahi Idiwo, Mr Roble Abdi Hussein and Mr Bule Abdullahi Gedi, were charged in court yesterday.
The elders, according to a police report, took advantage of their positions in a council of elders in Garissa to vouch for an Ethiopian national, who has since been arrested over terrorist links.
“The elders connived with the foreigners to mislead the vetting committee on their citizenship, contrary to their obligation of rightfully informing the vetting committee on the natives of the region. They used a fake name, Mohamed Abdi Aden, to acquire an ID for the Ethiopian,” says the report.
Kenya’s administration at the grassroots, particularly in border locations, depends on elders for credible identification of youth seeking identity papers.
However, corrupt government officials have been colluding with unscrupulous elders to help foreigners acquire Kenyan identification documents.
“Cases have been reported of government staff responsible for issuing these documents either engaging themselves in the crime for monetary gains, or not applying due diligence in discharging their duties. Police are warning that anyone involved in illegally issuing documents to aliens will be dealt with the full force of the law,” says the police report.
The elders were arrested in Medina, Garissa County. Investigations revealed the illegal ID card was issued in March, 2012.
After arrest, the suspect was found with bomb-making material. Upon interrogation police established he was on a mission to carry out an attack in Nairobi.