– Alai was accused of sharing photos of police officers who were killed by al-Shabaab militants in Wajir
– The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) raised concerns over the blogger’s decision to share the images
– National Police Service (NPS) condemned the move saying it was tantamount to supporting terrorism
Police have arrested controversial blogger Robert Alai for circulating photos of police officers who were reportedly killed by al-Shabaab militia in Wajir county.
National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) raised concerns over the blogger’s decision to share the photos online demanding that he pulls them down.
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On Monday, June 17, National Police Service (NPS) released a statement accusing Alai of leading other social media users to perpetuate terrorism by sharing images of the officers who were killed by the terror group.
“It is very disappointing to not that some individuals have opted to callously disregard common decency of showing to the departed and their families. The unfeeling act of posting pictures of our fallen heroes online by one blogger is very unfortunate and inhuman. This is glorification of terror which is tantamount to supporting the same,” said the police.
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The authorities directed him to pull down the photos and desist from such acts warning of dire legal consequences.
The officers’ car was blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the militants at Konton area in Wajir East.
Police spokesperson Charles Owino said four bodies of the slain officers were ferried to Nairobi while one who survived the attack was undergoing treatment in a Nairobi hospital
The terror group has increased its operations in Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Lamu counties in the last two months but Owino downplayed their operations saying his officers were in full control.
“We want to assure the country that National Police Service is committed to the fight against terror and will always remain grateful to the support that it has continued to receive from the office of the president.
We urge all Kenyans to keep supporting us in the fight against terror and other forms of crime,” said Owino in a statement.
Additional reporting by Joseph Ndunda- TUKO correspondent
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