Five Masaani Girls Secondary school students have been arrested by detectives in Machakos County.
They are alleged to be in connection to a fire incident that gutted down a dormitory at the school on November 5, 2021.
The five were arrested following investigations by DCI Machakos and are believed to be involved in setting ablaze the school dormitory, leading to destruction of property estimated at Ksh4 million.
According to National Police Service, the girls are expected to be charged in court for arson and related offences.
“Arson is a serious offence and is punishable by life imprisonment. We ask parents and teachers to continuously remind students on the wages of every act of criminality. NPS will take tough action against any perpetrators,” a statement by National Police Service read.
The police further said it was worth noting that contrary to some myths and believes, being a student does not absolve one from criminal responsibility.
“There are accomplices and vendors of petroleum products and other flammables who are connected to fire incidences in schools. We urge our officers to ensure fire incidences in schools are expeditiously investigated and culprits charged promptly,” the statement further read.