Police in Taveta Sub-county in Taita Taveta County, are holding three students of Timbila Boys High School who were allegedly preparing to commit an arson attack at the institution.
The three students were cornered by the police as they prepared to set part of the buildings in the school up in flames.
“The three were arrested today following a tip-off information which was sent to them by the school principal,” a report seen by K24 Digital read in part.
It all started when the three students reportedly approached one of their colleagues who is a day-scholar and asked him to assist in purchasing petrol.
On realizing that the deal was to burn down the school, he informed the principal and police were alerted.
Immediately, the day-scholar student reached the school with the bottle of petrol and put it where they had agreed, the officers swung into action and nabbed the trio.
“The principal reported to the police, who laid ambush the whole night and managed to arrest the three who were picking the 1.5 litres of petrol from a place they had agreed,” the report further read in part.
Elsewhere, 16 students at Kakamega High School were arrested by police officers after they burnt two dormitories housing 564 students.
This saw the principal Gerald Orina announce the closure of the institution after the school board agreed to give the students a break.
Addressing the media in his office, Kakamega County police boss Hassan Barua confirmed the arrest of the 16 students but did not share more details on the role they played.
No casualties were reported during the fire that broke out in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
By Monday, November 8, a total of 26 schools had been burnt down by students.