Police have been asked to urgently quell the rising wave of criminal activities in Likoni, Mombasa.
Human rights lobby Haki Africa raised concerns over recent revelations that criminal gangs are employing needles and syringes tactics in executing their attacks on locals.
Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the organisation through its engagement with the community in a bid to unearth about the rising insecurity wave in Likoni discovered that criminal gangs are now inflicting pain to locals through pricking them with hospital syringes.
“It is not yet clear whats the syringes are laced with but this is a very worrying trend that police must fully investigate and quell,” noted Mr. Shipetta.
He said the organisation received numerous complaints from the community over the new trend which has sent locals into fear.
“In the latest attack, Said Abbas, 22 was attacked by at least 7 members of a criminal gang at Kiteje area in Likoni who were armed with syringes, pangas, cabro and knives amongst other weapons, he was rushed to the hospital and he is currently recuperating with serious cuts and wounds on his head, arms and legs,” he added.
Shipetta has called on security agents to urgently contain the situation and nabb the criminals.
Shipetta appealed to Mombasa County Police commandant Johnston Ipara to immediately launch investigations and pursue all the criminal gangs who have caused locals sleepless nights.
He said police laxity has resulted into paralysis of business activities among other various daily economical activities in the area.
He also appealed to local administration chiefs, village elders and religious leaders to intervene and dialogue with youth to end their vengeance and crime.
Mr. Shipetta said though it was a security problem it has largely turned to be a social issue that the community should tackle and amicably address it.
“Mr. Ipara should restore order in the lawlessness area especially during this Holy month of Ramadan where Muslim’s faithfuls are required to perform late night prayers,” added the right defender.