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Drama as illegal aliens resist police search

09 May 2014, 09:23

Nairobi - Kasarani divisional police commander Augustine Nthumbi said a group of 80 Congolese nationals who were found living in the country illegally refused to be searched and vetted.

The group had been arrested in an overnight swoop in the city pending their repatriation when they started to riot in defiance.

Nthumbi said the aliens also stole the officer's mobile phone but it was recovered later after police had lobed a teargas canister into a holding area at the police station in the Wednesday drama.

They attacked and injured a police officer who tried to escort them from the cells to a waiting lorry for screening at Karasni grounds.

"They were refusing to get out of the cells because they don't want to be repatriated. We reinforced the team and took them to Kasarani for screening," said Nthumbi.

Majority of those found living in the country are Somalis, Ethiopians and Congolese whose easy access in the country has been blamed on porous borders and corruption at the points of entry and exit respectively.

Most of those in custody were individuals who are in the country illegally without valid documents, those who were outside the precincts of legally gazetted areas and those who had unauthenticated documents.

 - Xinhua

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