Five Masaani Girls' School students arrested over dormitory fire that destroyed property worth Ksh.4M
Five students from Masaani Girls Secondary School in Machakos have been arrested in connection with a fire incident that razed down a dormitory at the school on November 5, 2021.
The five were arrested following investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Machakos that found them culpable in setting ablaze a dormitory leading to the destruction of student and school property valued at an estimated Ksh.4 million.
The National Police Service has warned that they will not relent in taking disciplinary action on students charged with arson regardless of them being minors.
"It is worth noting that contrary to some myths and believes, being a student does not absolve one from criminal responsibility. Arson is a serious offence and is punishable by life imprisonment," read a statement from NPS on Tuesday.
"We ask parents and teachers to continuously remind students on the wages of every act of criminality."
Police further pointed out that they will expedite action to justice on anyone who will be connected to arson cases in schools across the country.
"NPS will take tough action against any perpetrators, their 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," added the statement.
The five arrested students will be charged in court for arson and related offences.