After the horrifying Garissa terrorist attack someone thought it best to instill fear on the students of Egerton. The culprit, Robert Mungai, posted online that there would be a terrorist attack in Egerton soon on Friday 3rd April, 2015.
The message which was posted on ‘Egerton Campus Life page’ said,
“We are not joking and if you think we are waiting for us. Garissa is nothing compared to what will in Egerton University, Allah is to be worship. We have spies and maps of the whole Egerton.”
Two students from the university, Titus Ngare Nyagah an Economics/sociology student in his second year and Alex Wachira, were arrested immediately for the terror scare on Saturday by 1 am said the Njoro sub commissioner, Mohammed Noor.
The online post caused a fracas in the university. Some students are said to have escaped from the main college and other campuses fearing an attack would happen but the police have combed the university for any terrorist links and found none.
The mastermind, Robert Mungai alias Robert Mohammed Blues, was arrested on Wednesday night at a petrol station in Nakuru’s industrial area. The Nakuru County Police Commander John Koki Mwanga said Mungai was being questioned by detectives and that a comprehensive statement would be given later.
Following the arrest, Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Prof J K Tuitoek said that Mungai was not a student at the institution as earlier thought. Egerton University Students Association acting chairman Fredrick Juma, also confirmed that Mungai was not a student at the university. A search at the admissions office indicated that there was no student by that name.
Robert was arrested for openly declaring his involvement with Al Shabaab and will be arraigned in court on today.
The students who were initially arrested were released after it emerged they had shared out the message out of concern but were not the ones who initiated it. They will be presented in caught as witnesses to Mungai’s court case.