Security officers based in murang'a county have launched a manhunt for armed robbers who raided a school in broad daylight and demanded money from the principal.
The robbers - two in number - held the Igikiro Boys Secondary principal hostage after following him and the bursar from Kenol town, a satellite town located approximately 22km from the school.
According to a report by the Nation, the principal was in Kenol town where he had withdrawn Ksh250,000 from the school's account.
Murang'a South Sub County Police Commander, Alexander Shikondi, confirmed the incident noting that witnesses had already recorded statements with the police.
"The report we have is that the two had been cited trailing the principal from the bank. The school head had together with the bursar withdrawn the cash to pay casual workers,” Shikondi stated.
“They drove into the school compound a few minutes to 1pm and one entered the principal's office brandishing two pistols."
Shikondi noted that the gunmen wanted to be taken to the cashier's office where they believed the school kept more money.
"He came out in a hurry after failing to get at the cash, boarded the vehicle and they sped off. Police teams arrived after they were alerted and investigations commenced," the police boss told the press.
One of the gunmen destroyed the principal's vehicle and got away with a laptop and tablet that was in the car.
"The other gangster, who had been left outside the administration block, smashed the principal's car that had been parked outside and retrieved a laptop and a tablet.
"The force applied to break the car's side glass caused interest among other members of staff and students," Shikondi stated adding that officers were in hot pursuit of the two gang members.
This comes amid security concerns in Nakuru where a criminal gang has been terrorising residents for months. Police in Nakuru have so far arrested 128 suspects linked to the ‘confirmed’ criminal ring.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Maalim Mohammed, stated that members of the public had identified some of the individuals who recorded statements with the police.
"We received reports from the residents that certain individuals were involved and even identified their associates. Today, some of the leaders have recorded statements and we will ensure that they appear in court," the county boss stated.
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