A Form Four student waiting to sit his final KCSE examinations was on Tuesday found in possession of a firearm.
The 17-year old student at Orero Secondary School was found with the pistol following a tip-off from his colleagues.
Homa Bay Officer Commanding Police Division Esau Ochorokodi said that the student was brandishing the firearm to his colleagues before the school administration was alerted.
The student initially denied that he was in possession of the gun but after a two-hour interrogation by police officers, he led them to a nearby bush where he had hidden the weapon.
“The student hid the weapon outside the dormitory. He could only retrieve it when he wanted to coerce his colleagues to submit to his demands,” said Mr Ochorokodi.
The OCPD added that the weapon was in good condition and rarely used in the country, prompting questions on how the student obtained it.
According to detectives, the pistol is American type and is not licensed to be used in Kenya.
“The student told us that a relative who is living in the US had gifted him with the pistol,” said Mr Ochorokodi.
The firearm had no bullets.
The school’s principal, Mr Dickens Bula, said they received the hint about the gun from students who claimed that one student had been threatening to shoot them with the gun.
“We received complaints from students who said one of them was threatening to shoot whoever failed to meet his demands,” said Mr Bula.
The student was allegedly using the gun to extort money and food stuffs from fellow students.
The Homa Bay Police boss said the learner will be taken to court once investigations are completed.