Mombasa,KENYA:Six suspected criminals on Friday surrendered to police officers in Old Town in Mombasa.The suspects most at age of 18 were accompanied by human rights activists and several area leaders.
Their surrender comes barely a week after another suspected criminal Mohamed Bobocha was lynched by an irate mob in Old Town area moments after snatching a phone.
The suspects are Nurein Mohammed Ali,Juma Daudi Issa,Manal Omar,Ibrahim Abdulkadir,Ismail Najib Hassan and Aizak Noormani
Among the suspects is a young teenage girl who told the authorities she was only a member of the group but she has never committed crime.
Mombasa Deputy County Commissioner Mohamoud Salim who received the suspects at his offices in treasury square Mombasa told reporters that they would interrogate the suspects.
“We will take them from here, we interrogate them,we will also take their fingerprints we send to headquarters for further analysis,”said Mr Mohammed.
He reiterated that no one will be victimized during the vetting process and asked the suspects to be calm.
Security agencies Wednesday held a security baraza in Old town area and warned the suspects of dire consequences if they did not surrender to police.
The Old town area has long been associated with criminal gangs.
Earlier in the year the American issued a travel advisory warning it’s citizens from travelling in the area at night citing constant attacks on foreign nationals by criminal gangs.