The Ethiopian aliens are now in police custody and will be charged in court for being in the country illegally.
By Maureen Murimi, Citizen Digital |
Kenyan police have arrested 23 Ethiopian nationals who were found hiding in a house at Kamae in Kahawa West, Nairobi.
Police had to shoot in the air to save the illegal foreigners from being lynched by angry residents, who accused one of them of killing a boda boda operator in the area.
Anti-riot police were called in to assist the regular police after an ugly confrontation ensued.
The aliens are now in police custody and will be charged in court for being in the country illegally.
In mid February, nine aliens, all Ethiopian nationals, were arrested at Miasenyi area in Voi along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway while on transit in a truck headed to Mombasa.
Acting on a tip off, Nyangala Division Assistant County Commissioner Mohamed Yusuf interdicted the lorry when it stopped at a car wash along the highway.
Yusuf said police suspect those arrested were heading to Mombasa to become members of Al Shabaab or MRC.
He added that police are on high alert and will carry out crackdowns along the highway to avoid such incidents.
In early January, police in Embu County arrested 27 aliens from Ethiopia who were being ferried in three private cars to Nairobi and later to South Africa, only one day after four others were nabbed in Isiolo.
According to Embu County Commander Karisa Roba, police were tipped by members of the public about four suspicious Probox cars driving at very high speeds at Chogoria along the Meru – Embu Highway.
Roba said police laid an ambush in Embu Town and upon seeing police vehicles; the drivers diverted and instead drove into the Njukiri Forest in Embu.
The third vehicle suspected to be carrying ten people however managed to escape and police have launched a manhunt for it.
The county commander noted that most of the aliens come from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia adding that they have confessed to having spent four days hiding in several forests in Meru County before proceeding to Nairobi.
Source: Citizen Digital
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