Alarm raised over stolen phones traced to University of Nairobi

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By OUMA WANZALA
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An alarm has been raised over the high number of stolen mobile phones and other appliances that are finding their way to the University of Nairobi.

The development comes in the wake of various security reports which have indicated that students in universities are involved in criminal activities.

In a memo to all students at the institution, the Director, Security and Safety Services W.M Wahome said that in the recent past, several cases of stolen mobile phones had been traced to students within the university.

Mr Wahome said the cases have been reported to his office and necessary action has been taken on the concerned students by the police.

“You are cautioned to desist from buying mobile phones and other appliances from unauthorised dealers. Note that handling stolen property is a criminal offence and in addition, one may also be charged with other offence(s) committed in the course of stealing the said property,” said Mr Wahome.

In April this year, the Ministry of Interior revealed that a number of students in universities are members of organised criminal gangs involved  in armed robbery, carjacking, cybercrimes, drug trafficking and terrorism.

CRIMINAL GANGS

Deputy secretary for Internal Security Thomas Sakah said universities had become centres for radicalisation and recruitment by terrorist groups.

Another, report released last month on students unrest in secondary schools revealed that terrorism and criminal gangs had  infiltrated primary and secondary schools.

The Claire Omollo led team also revealed that teachers were sharing extremist literature with students with the aim of radicalising them.

According to Commission for University Education, more than 44 students from both public and private universities joined terror groups last year to fight in Somalia and Libya with 17 of the students being girls.

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