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Form Four student arrested for being in illegal possession of gun in school reveals how he acquired it

BY ALY ABICH FOR EDAILY

A Form Four student at Orero Boys High School, who was found in possession of an illegal gun on Tuesday, September 12, was on Wednesday arraigned before Homa Bay Senior Principal Magistrate Susan Ndegwa.

The teenager was charged with illegal possession of a pistol, HK45 of serial number 25094705 in contravention to section 34(1) of the firearm Act.

The gun was retrieved from a dormitory in the school situated in Rangwe Sub-County Homa Bay County on Tuesday evening after shocked students raised an alarm.

Orero School security officers arrested the teenager and handed him over to the police.

The student will take plea on Friday, September 17 after Homa Bay Senior Principal Magistrate Susan Ndegwa asked the prosecution to conduct an age assessment on the suspect.

According to the prosecutor, Valarie Ongeti, an age assessment is needed to determine whether the student is fit to stand trial.

Homa Bay OCPD, Esau Ochorokodi, said the student was bragging about being a firearm owner to his colleagues, when they alerted the school authority.

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

He says the relative, who gave him the gun, is now a director at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.

An investigative report presented before Homa Bay Senior Principal Magistrate Susan Ndegwa said the student took the gun from the said relative’s home in Siaya County.

CID officers have summoned the student’s parents and relative, who is said to be the owner of the gun.

The minor is being held at the Homa Bay Police Station.

The gun was taken by officers attached to Rangwe Police Station.

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