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Imams welcome extradition of Akasha sons

Council of Imams and Preachers (CIPK) has asked the government not to relent on its operation against drug barons in the Coastal region.

The council Wednesday said drug kingpins are still carrying out their illegal drug trafficking business in the region.

Speaking during a press briefing at the council headquarters in Mwembetayari, Mombasa County, CIPK organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa said there is need for cooperation between the relevant authorities in fighting drug trafficking cartels.

“We are really happy by the move by government to surrender the big fishes, who are the reason our youth are suffering because of drugs. That was a superb move by our officers and we would like them not stop it,” said Sheikh Khalifa.

He said arresting the barons will slowly cut drugs supply hence the demand will be low.

“We have for a long time been crying out to the authorities to go for these people and as we have seen, the government has heeded our call. This is the first time we are witnessing the barons being subjected to the treatment they deserve,” he said.

The council made the remarks two days after two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two foreigners were extradited to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.

The four are Baktash Akasha and his brother Ibrahim Akasha, Ghulam Hussein and Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami were arrested and extradited.

The suspects have been fighting extradition for more than three years.

Sheikh Khalifa praised the United States of working with their Kenyan counterparts in extraditing the four.

“We are now appealing to the other countries to work closely with our national so that we can save our youth who have been ruined by drug addiction,” he said.

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