A University of Nairobi student was on Monday taken into custody after attempting to commit suicide in the banking hall of a bank at which he interns.
The 23-year-old engineering student is said to have tried to take his life by setting his workstation ablaze inside the banking hall on Monday morning.
According to eyewitness accounts, the student, who works as a teller, poured petrol on furniture and documents inside his booth and set them on fire.
It took the quick action of employees at the bank who were alerted by smoke detectors inside the bank to stop the fire from spreading. No one was injured in the incident that took everyone at the bank by surprise.
Bondo OCPD Paul Kiarie said that police were alerted by the bank’s operational manager and arrested the student. He was found in possession of a bottle containing petrol upon arrest. findings revealed he was under investigation by the bank for suspected fraud involving Sh200,000 transferred from a customer’s account to his personal account on September 23, 2017.
Initial findings revealed that the student was under investigation by the bank for suspected fraud involving Sh200,000 transferred from a customer’s account to his personal account on September 23, 2017.
The bank also suspected the student of fraudulently depositing more than Sh27 million with various M-Pesa operators in Bondo town on diverse dates. The transactions have since been reversed.
When questioned by the police on why he had attempted to burn the bank, the suspect said he was facing challenges trying to meet his family’s needs and was also frustrated at work.
This case comes amid increasing incidences of students taking their lives under unclear circumstances. Over 10 students have attempted to or committed suicide since January 2017 due to a myriad of issues with the major cause being love-gone-bad.