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106 aliens nabbed in Vihiga

16 April 2014, 14:12 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - A total of 106 aliens were on Monday night nabbed in Vihiga County in a night-long operation which was undertaken in three major towns of Mbale, Chavakali and Majengo.

The move was aimed at netting illegal immigrants in the county and unregistered Kenyans who are living in the region.

Addressing journalists in his office on Tuesday, the county security team, lead by County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich, noted that the move was not targeting any community in particular.

“We are only interested in trying to find out if they have explosives, illegal firearms and illegal brews. And generally being concerned with the security of our people here in the county,” said Cherotich.

By Tuesday, 48 of those nabbed were at Mbale police station and 58 more were being held at Vihiga police station waiting to be taken to court.

The commissioner said that they did not want to detain them for long and thus were conducting screening of the suspects immediately and take them to court, as they try to operate within the confines of law.

He also said during the operation, two individuals were arrested for being in possession of 20 litres of kangara and two others were in possession of 55 litres of chang’aa.

He appealed to the members of the public to cooperate with the police as they will be going around the county in the same operation, and help relay information about suspicious individuals.

Crackdown on terrorists is ongoing countrywide following the sporadic attacks by groups suspected to belong to the Al Shaabab group.

Vihiga leaders have lauded the move by the security teams in curbing terrorism noting that Kenyans needed a safe environment if they are to develop.

Leaders George Khaniri (Vihiga Senator), Charles Gimose (Hamisi MP), Alfred Agoi (Sabatia MP) and Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga MP) said that the operations should help flush out terrorists, and not target innocent Kenyans.    

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