Culprits behind robbery at Busia School arrested

usia County Director of Education Ekaale Ekalyo. Photo Courtesy

A notorious robbery suspect suspected to have led a five-member gang for a daring robbery at Bishop Sulumeti Chelelemuk Girls Secondary School in the county’s Teso North sub-county.

In the March 8, 2024 burglary reported by the high school Principal, Benard Juma Olula, 45, who has been on police radar linked with a spate of violent robberies in Bungoma, Vihiga, Kakamega, and Busia counties, led the gang that stole HP laptops and thousands of shillings from the school bursar’s and principal’s offices.

Crime research detectives who have been analysing the suspect’s criminal profile believe that Juma is a gun-hardened felon with links to Uganda from where he has been hiring rifles for use in armed robberies, until recently when his main Ugandan supplier was arrested and jailed for 40 years.

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Prosecution processes have since been instigated, with detectives securing custodial orders with a view to hunt down Juma’s accomplices and subject the whole ring to justice.

The incident has been confirmed by Busia County Director of Education Mr Ekaale Ekalyo who said he had been informed by the principal of the affected school regarding the robbery.

He told Education News that he had instructed the principal to furnish his office with full report about what had been stolen, but he is yet to receive the same.

Teso North Sub County Director of Education Elizabeth Marangach said according to the school principal, the thugs broke into the principal and bursar’s offices adding that the incident is still under investigation by the criminal investigation agencies in the sub county.

However, a reliable source from Teso North Sub County Kenya News Agency (KNA) that held an interview with the area criminal investigation officers confirmed that the key suspect believed to have masterminded the raid has already been arrested and is being detained at the Busia GK Prison (Korinda) pending further investigation.

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