Chaos as UoN students protest leader's murder

Police have arrested 14 suspects

In Summary

•Ragira alias OCS shot dead by unknown persons on Thursday

•Gangs have been terrorising students and traders around Klabu 36

Slain UoN student leader Samuel Ragira
SHOT DEAD: Slain UoN student leader Samuel Ragira

University of Nairobi students yesterday went on the rampage following the killing of their leader Samuel Ragira on Thursday.

Transport was briefly disrupted on roads around the main campus but police dispersed the students and restored normalcy.

Police yesterday launched investigations into the killing of Ragira, popularly known as OCS,  at Klabu 36 near the university.

Detectives, who did not want to be named, said police have narrowed down to 14 suspects who terrorise students and business people within and around the UoN.

“We already have their names and we are also collecting evidence following the killing so that they can face the full force of the law,” an officer at Kilimani privy to the investigations told the Star.

Ragira was shot dead as between two gangs fought. The criminals operate  around UoN, extorting money from traders.

“He did not have a stall here but used to come here frequently,” said a trader who did not want to be mentioned fearing she might be attacked.

The university's director of corporate affairs John Orindi told the Star on phone that Ragira was expelled from UoN in 2009 on disciplinary grounds. He joined the university in 2006.

“It is unfortunate that the student was killed. The young man did not deserve to die,” Orindi said.

“As UoN, we can’t do anything but the police have picked up the matter since he died outside the university.”

The killing comes a couple of days after the Klabu 36 market that sells food to the students was burnt down in unclear circumstances. Another student died in the hostels last Sunday.

“We ask the students to remain calm and stop reading fake news. They should allow the relevant authorities to investigate,” Orindi said.