The Star (Nairobi)

12 July 2014

Kenya: Thugs Steal Sh11 Million From NYS Offices in Gilgil

ARMED thugs have stolen more than Sh11 million from the National Youth Service Training School in Gilgil.

They entered the highly-guarded offices through a window on Thursday night.

The school is near an army barrack. The thugs carried the safe after an attempt to break it bore no fruit. The money was to pay recruits who had graduated before they could be dispatched to various stations.

A source told the Star, the school had withdrawn Sh15 million to pay the recruits allowances. "Some of the recruits were paid but the exercise was postponed due to time constrains," said the source.

He said initial investigations point to an inside job. Gilgil OCPD Serah Koki declined to comment on the robbery when the Star called him saying she was in a "very serious meeting".

A senior officer who declined to be named said they are questioning some suspects.

"All indications point to an inside job but we are tracking the vehicle that carried the safe from the institute," said the officer.

The robbery affected operations in the training school as detectives moved in to dust the affected offices.

The recruits expressed frustrations over the delay in getting the allowances. "We are being told to wait for our dues. We had planned for the money and we cannot wait any longer," said one of them.

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