NAIROBI: Police have been ordered to arrest any motorbike rider carrying two pillions in Nairobi. This is part of efforts to address increasing cases of thugs riding on motorbikes in the city.
Top police officers in Nairobi met Thursday and agreed to ban riding of more that two pillions on motorbikes. Nairobi county commander Benson Kibue said the order will be implemented by police and county government.
"The head of police county government Mr Munyambu was in the meeting and we agreed that any rider carrying more than two people will be arrested and prosecuted as per the by-laws. We want order and also to address some of these cases of thugs attacking people and escaping on motorbikes," said Kibue.
He added they also discussed strategies to employ to address terror threats in the city.
There will be increased police patrols as part of efforts to address the fears. He also encouraged anyone who returned from Somalia where he or she had joined Al-Shabaab to surrender as asked by government.
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Cases of attacks by gunmen on motorbikes have been on the rise in the city.
Meanwhile, two suspected thugs who were riding on a motorbike were Thursday night killed by police in a botched robbery in Pipeline area, Nairobi and a pistol recovered from them. The men were headed for a robbery mission when they clashed with police. Police say another one managed to escape. Earlier on in the day, men on a motorbike had shot and wounded an AP officer in a botched robbery in Pumwani area.