More than 200 students from various secondary schools in the Rift Valley region reportedly raided gaming/movie shops to watch porn in Nakuru’s Central Business District on Wednesday.

Nakuru East assistant commissioner John Kichwen said officials had rounded up over 200 students but only 57 were arrested, with the rest managing to escape. Reportedly, the learners were also smoking bhang.

The students were arrested on Wednesday at around noon following a tip-off from members of the public and traders at Shoppers Paradise Mall on Kenyatta Avenue in Nakuru.

“There were actually more than 200 watching the pornographic materials from more than five movie outlets in Nakuru’s Central Business District,” Kichwen said.

Witnesses reported that the students have been flocking the mall under the guise of playing PlayStation games.

“The public has seen large groups of students in uniform getting into the premise. After a thorough investigation we discovered that the students have been visiting the premises to watch movies and pornography,” Nakuru East official James Kinari said.

Officers also arrested seven even operators of the PlayStation shops among them two minors. The officers also confiscated laptops and other gadgets.

Security agencies in Nakuru announced they will conduct a crackdown in PlayStation shops in coming days.

The arrest of the boys comes as most schools closed on Wednesday morning. Officials said they will talk to the students and book them matatus to their respective homes.

“We have 22 travelling to Nairobi among other regions,” Kichwen said.

Kinanga said the operators will be arraigned in court today where they will be charged with operating an illegal business.

The students will be taken for guiding and counselling sessions.