Police in Bomet are in pursuit of eight prisoners who escaped from their custody on the morning of Monday, October 4.
According to Bomet Central Sub-county police chief Musa Omar, four of the escapees are minors while the rest are adults.
Addressing the press, Omar said the juveniles were being detained in police cells because Bomet and Jericho prisons do not have the appropriate facilities to detain juveniles.
The Officer Commanding Station (OCS) discovered that some of the suspects were missing while he was making the routine checks.
The nine allegedly escaped by slipping through an opening they created after cutting a number of metal grills at the back of the cells.
Police are yet to identify the tools the prisoners used to cut the grills and how they pulled it off despite the presence of two officers who were manning the station.
The OCS said that the nine had been accused of various offenses and were set to appear in court on October 4.
Three of the escapees were scheduled to face theft charges while two others were arrested for being in possession of illicit brew.