Police on alert following terror threat at Thika Law courts
Police in Thika are on high alert following reports of a possible terror threat targeting Thika Law courts.
The alert forced court proceedings to delay for hours as security was being heightened outside the court and the Deputy County Commissioner’s (DCC) compound that houses the facility.
There were heavy police checks on those entering the DCC’s compound and the court over the course of the day with the busy offices experiencing little congestion of visitors compared to other days.
Thika West DCC Mbogo Mathioya said intelligence reports were received early today in the form of a note that had been dropped at the police gate forcing them to move with speed to manage any situation.
“A note informing of the threat had been dropped at the police gate and it didn’t have much details on the reasons for the attack. We are investigating its origin as we continue to beef up security within not only the courts and government offices but also the busy town,” he said.
He assured the court administration of their security urging them to continue with their duties normally.
He also assured members of the public that government and court services would go on uninterrupted, urging civil servants not to panic.
“Government officers should continue discharging their duties as usual as measures have been put in place to ensure their safety. We also urge members of the public to be vigilant as we continue to neutralize the threat,” he said.
Thika Secretary LSK Chapter Stephen Mbugua said the court alerted them of the threat and the need to delay sessions.
Thika Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo said operations at the court resumed normally from 10am after receiving assurances from security agencies.
“We have had our sessions normally and have been able to serve the public despite the security threat. I believe that no one has gone home unserved,” she said.
She further urged the public to stay calm as the security agencies have assured them of safety adding that the court is still running its daily activities and is open to the public.