Mandera County commissioner Joseph ole Nkoyo has confirmed that there were no teachers abducted as earlier reported in a section of the local presSpeaking to the The Standard on phone, Mr. Nkoyo said that the abduction story was a hoax created by people with ill motive who were either members or sympathizers of Al-shabaab militants.
Security forces who responded to the false alert were ambushed as they headed to scene confirming the false alert as a ploy to entrap them.
“As far I’m aware there are no teachers or any other person for that matter who has been abducted in Mandera by anybody under any circumstance, but there was rumors alleging that two Islamic (Dugsi) teachers were abducted and when our security officers responded swiftly, they ran into a gun ambush where three were injured,” he explained.
The County commissioner took issue with the local media for reporting hearsay and unverified reports.
“When I read the story of kidnapped teachers in Mandera, I was shocked and questioned its motive. Most shockingly, I was quoted as the source of the news item, while I have never spoken to any journalists over any insecurity incident in the last 48 hours,” Nkoyo lamented.