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Eldoret police release students arrested for allegedly engaging in drinking spree

The youngsters had been locked up at Kapsoya Police Station.

They were set free on orders from senior police officers, reportedly after the landlord intervened. Sources said there were no plans to prefer charges against the occupants of the house.

Police in Eldoret on Thursday controversially released 24 high school students who had been arrested the previous day for allegedly engaging in a drinking spree and sex orgy in a house.

“We released the students after consulting with my seniors and establishing that they had committed no crime,” said Officer Commanding Station David Savimbi.

However, Ministry of Education officers demanded an investigation. Eldoret East District Education Officer David Koech alleged collusion between the police and the owners of the house.

“The students need to be rearrested and further interrogations carried out,” Mr Koech said. He accused the police of acting unprofessionally in handling the matter.

In an earlier interview, Adamson Furaha, the Eldoret East Officer Commanding Police Division had told the Nation: “We are going to question one by one in front of their parents then release them. They will also be given bond”.

He had said: “We are also going to interrogate the owners of the house before we prefer charges against them”.

ESCAPED ARREST

Six among the students at the party were said to have escaped arrest by climbing over a wall when police stormed the house.

The students, aged between 16 and 18, were on half-term break when they convened for a party hosted by their colleagues. They belong to different schools in Uasin Gishu.

The gate was locked when the police arrived and they had to use a bait, a milkman in the estate, to get access to the house. He was asked to act innocent and knock on the door. Once it was opened, the officers rushed the students and arrested them.

Area residents told journalists they called the police after hearing loud music from the house the whole afternoon on Wednesday and seeing several youths entering the home.

However, the owners of the house have since denied that the students were engaging in anti-social and immoral activities although empty alcohol bottles, used condoms and a mattress were found in the house, according to police sources.

The owner of the house had been questioned by the police on Wednesday evening but it was not clear whether and when she would be taken to court.

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