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Student held for confessing to be member of Al Shabaab

11 June 2015, 09:21 Makena Laban

Kakamega - A form three student at St Ignatius Mukumu Boys High school in Kakamega is in police custody after confessing to be a member of the Al Shabaab terror group.

Francis Lumumba is alleged to have confessed to his teachers that he is a member of the terror group.

Moses Ombati, the Western Regional Police Commander, said they are investigating the matter to establish the truth.

"We are aware of the case and are currently investigating. We want to establish the merit of the information," said Ombati.

The form three students claimed there are three other students in the school who are members of the terror group and are armed with grenades, AK 47 rifles and other weapons.

But after a search in the school, the weapons were not found.

Read Also: Al Shabaab planning to attack churches, hospitals and police stations

Ombati said his officers have received the information and they are treating the matter seriously.

"We are investing and once through, the government will respond to the matter," said Ombati.

The teenager is said to have joined the terror group while he was a student at Jamhuri High School in Nairobi before his parents transferred him to Mukumu Boys' last year.

According to the school Principal, Dennis Munyendo, the student revealed to be a member of Al Shabaab claiming his life was in danger because other members of the group wanted to kill him.

"Initially, I tried to inquire from him if he was a member of the terror group but he denied. But last week, he disclosed to us that he is a member claiming his life is in danger," said Munyendo.

Munyendo became suspicious of Lumumba when the school admitted another student, Bari Indimuli from Jamhuri High School whom Lumumba claimed is a member of Al Shabaab.

Indimuli disappeared from the school last month and his whereabouts are not known.

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