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Shock as Lamu residents carry corpse to a police station

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[Lamu locals carry the body of 40-year old man Robert Kalume Cheu to the Lamu Island police station. Cheu was killed by a criminal gang in Lamu Island on Monday evening. Photo/Courtesy].

Lamu Island residents on Tuesday carried a body of a man to the Lamu Island police station to protest increased insecurity incidents.

The locals among them men, women and youth who were crying, carrying placards condemned the security agencies saying Robert Kalume Cheu, 40 was attacked by armed gang of four in Lamu Island on Monday evening.

The incident happened around 7pm Monday evening when the gang attacked him and despite snatching his mobile phone, the men stabbed Cheu on his left shoulder, at the back and on his chest.

“However, Cheu did not sucumb to the stabs on the spot and locals rushed him to the King Fahad hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said a local Mohammed Shee.

The locals on Tuesday mid-morning took Cheu’s body to the Lamu Island police station to protest increased insecurity within Lamu Island.

“We want the police to tell us what to do, since we cannot continue living in fear in our own homes,” noted Mr Shee.

He said that is just but the beginning of series of protests to compel security agencies in Lamu to tame the rising insecurity.

“The once calm and very secured Lamu Island has turned out to be a criminal den where criminal gangs roam freely, maim and kill innocent people with police remaining completely mum about this very worrying situation,” Said Mr Shee.

He said even when arrests are made, the culprits are released just the next day.

After a charged exchange of words between the locals and police officers who tried to calm down the angry residents, police lobed teargas to disperse the angry crowed who later took away Cheu’s body.

Lamu based youth and human rights defender Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed appealed to the security agencies to beef up security in Lamu Island and the entire county to ensure locals live comfortably without fears of being attacked and killed.

He said the security situation in Lamu Island is getting out of hand.

“These are truly necessary noises, our security officers needs to distabilise all criminal gangs specifically within Lamu Island and make Lamu County habitable for all,” noted Mr Ahmed.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia vowed to take decisive action against the youth gangs terrorising the Island residents.