In Summary
  • The student was found with a pistol on Tuesday evening after his colleagues raised the alarm.
  • Upon examination of the pistol, the officers found out that it is of a type that is rarely used in the country.
  • Mr Ochorokodi said they are also investigating how the student managed to get into the school with the firearm.

A-17-year old Form Four student is in police custody in Homa Bay County after he was found in possession of an illegal firearm.

The student at Orero Secondary School was found with a pistol on Tuesday evening after his colleagues raised the alarm.

Homa Bay OCPD Esau Ochorokodi told journalists that the student was brandishing the firearm to his colleagues before the school administration was alerted.

Mr Ochorokodi said the student first denied that he was in possession of the gun but after a two-hour interrogation by police officers, he led them to a nearby bush where he had hidden the weapon.

"The student hid the weapon outside the dormitory. He would only retrieve it when he wanted to coerce his colleagues to submit to his demands," said Mr Ochorokodi.

AMERICAN PISTOL

Upon examination of the pistol, the officers found out that it is of a type that is rarely used in the country, prompting questions on how the student obtained it.

The investigators told Nation that the pistol is an American type, and is not licensed to be used in Kenya.

The student revealed to the investigators that he had obtained the firearm from a relative who is living in the United States.

"The student told us that a relative who is living in the US had gifted him with the pistol," said Mr Ochorokodi.

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