CJ Martha Koome orders evacuation of injured judicial officers in Lamu suspected terror attack
The judiciary has ordered evacuation of its officers who sustained injuries following Wednesday's suspected terror attack at Lango La Simba in Lamu County.
In an internal memo dated January 27, Chief Justice Martha Koome who termed the incident as unfortunate ordered the evacuation of the judicial officers to Nairobi for specialized treatment.
She further disclosed that the injured among them Garsen Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Paul Rotich, his court assistant Boy Njue, State counsel Frank Sirima and police constables Moses Bett, Willis Mgendi and driver Abel Barisa were all in stable condition and are being offered utmost medical care following the attack.
"I would like to assure my colleagues (judges) and judicial officers and staff that the judiciary values the safety of all our people and partners who work in very difficult conditions to secure the right of access to justice for all Kenyans," she said.
The Chief Justice further directed the head of the judiciary police unit to review the security status of all judges, judicial officers and staff across the country.
"In areas that face severe security threats, I call upon you to take necessary measures to enhance their safety all the time," reads part of the memo.
According to police, six suspected militants ambushed several vehicles during the 5:00 pm incident and sprayed the vehicles with bullets before the militants retreated back into the vast Boni forest.
Occupants of some of the vehicles that were ambushed managed to escape unhurt.