Coastal-based Somali leaders have urged the Directorate Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe the kidnappings and killings of Somali girls that have been ongoing in the country.
The leaders aired their sentiments during a press briefing at the Sakina Hall in Mombasa County. They urged police officers to seriously investigate the matter, noting that it had gone out of hand.
“We are giving the DCI 24 hours to launch an investigation into Somali girls’ kidnappings. There is need for an immediate response to such situations as they seem to be following a certain pattern of victimisation across the country,” Shartly Hassan, one of the leaders, said.
Mr. Hassan noted that they had already buried two girls in Mombasa County. Additionally, he said that five girls were missing in Nairobi.
“Our children now fear going to school. We do not know how to assure them they are safe,” Mr. Hassan said.
These calls for investigations come a few days after officers found missing girl Najma Abdullahi (19) with severe injuries in Changamwe, Mombasa.
“The cases increase daily. One of the cases happened in Changamwe, Mombasa and it is currently in court. We will allow the process of justice to take its course,” Ibrahim Dube, another Somali leader, said.
Mr. Dube also said that cases of insecurity have been rampant for members in the Somali community. In a span of two days, parents had reported four cases of missing children.
Dube noted that the kidnappings and killings were a wake-up call. On behalf of the other leaders, he demanded justice from the government.