Kenyan police nab 30 aliens in security swoop
17 November 2015, 21:35
Nairobi - Kenyan police are interrogating
33 aliens who were arrested in the capital Nairobi on Monday amid enhanced
security measures aimed at thwarting terror attacks in the country.
Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome said Tuesday
the immigrants were mostly Somalis who did not have proper identification
documents to warrant their stay in the East Africa nation which is gearing up
to host head of the Catholic Church next week.
"If someone is here as a refugee or for anything else
without the needed papers they are criminals. Let them register with the
authorities as per the law," Koome said, noting that security forces are
not taking any chances.
Koome said the elaborate security measures have been put in
place as Kenya prepares for the historic visit by Pope Francis to ensure his
The police commander said the aliens would be arraigned in
court to face various charges later Tuesday. Three of the suspects were South
Last week, nine Ethiopians were arrested for being in the
country illegally in a new operation in Nairobi. Koome said the security
officers would continue with the operation in efforts to ensure security for
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He added the operation to rid of illegal immigrants has been
ongoing and more than 200 aliens have been arrested so far. Last week, more
than 160 Somalis were arrested in Nairobi for being in the country illegally.
The immigrants are said to be using Kenya as their transit
route to other countries such as South Africa or other European countries.
The Kenyan authorities have blamed the vastness of the
region for the runaway influx of foreigners in to Kenya through Moyale on
Kenya-Ethiopia borders and the porous border with Somalia.
Many aliens from Somalia have managed to sneak in the county
with the help of brokers after paying hundreds of shillings.
Several aliens who find their way into the cells have
tripled in the past few days over stretching the capacity of the cells in the
East African nation.
But refugee rights organizations and aid agencies have
blamed poverty in Africa for the rising cases of human trafficking.
They said the huge supply of labour both skilled and
unskilled makes them vulnerable to criminal syndicates.