Following reports of children engaging in unlawful behaviour, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives raided a house in Nairobi’s Mountain View estate.
The detectives detained a total of 44 children aged between 14 and 17 years. They also detained the host, identified as Millicent Kithinji. The detectives found the 44 children at Millicent Kithinji’s residence. They also recovered several rolls of bhang and several bottles of alcohol.
Out of the 44 school-going children, 18 were girls, and 26 were boys. The DCI revealed that they all came from different counties.
“Preliminary investigations revealed the children were from Nairobi, Kiambu and Machakos counties,” a statement that the DCI released reads in part.
The detectives are yet to uncover how the children managed to sneak out of their homes without their parents noticing. They also don’t know how they all managed to travel to Mountain View estate in Nairobi.
Police officers are currently interrogating 41-year-old Millicent Kithinji, who hosted the children at her house. They aim at figuring out why she was hosting the children and how they managed to travel far from their homes to her house.
This DCI operation comes just a few days after seven girls were reported missing from their homes. The family of the girls believed that they were victims of sex trafficking in Nairobi.
A day after the news went viral, the girls emerged dismissing allegations that a caucasian male had abducted them. They claimed that they had just gone away because they were bored with staying at home. Additionally, they said that they just needed to blow off some steam.
The Director of Criminal Investigations warned individuals that are preying on young girls during this Covid-19 pandemic.
“We wish to issue a stern warning to individuals taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to prey on school girls who are at home, especially through the social media networks, that their days are numbered,” the DCI posted on Twitter.