Three Turkish, one Ethiopian alien arrested in Isiolo

Kilimani police station
Kilimani police station

Four aliens, three from Turkey and one from neighboring Ethiopia, are being held at the Isiolo Police Station for being in the country illegally.

According to Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya, police detectives and those from the Anti- Terrorism Police Unit arrested the four at Archers Post area after a tip-off by members of the public on the whereabouts of the aliens.

Natembeya said the suspects claimed they were in the country for construction activities along the Isiolo -Marsabit Highway, however the documents they had revealed their nationalities to be of Turkey but their visa’s had expired while that of the Ethiopian was false.

The county commissioner also noted that an investigation has begun to establish the facts of the case and commended citizens for the information on the suspects.

On December 10, 2015 police in Nairobi arrested more than 50 Ethiopian aliens in a house at Kasarani area for being in the country illegally.

Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said police were informed by members of the public on the whereabouts of the foreigners.

He noted that immigration officials have raised alarm over the increased cases of Ethiopian aliens being nabbed in the country while on transit to either Tanzania or South Africa.

In yet another incident in August 14, 2015, Ethiopian aliens were arrested at Chumvi Trading Centre in Machakos along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

In the same month, police in Meru arrested 40 Ethiopian aliens who were alleged to be on their way to South Africa through Kenya, hiding in an abandoned house at Mwonyone village.

Cases of illegal immigrants in the country have continued to be reported despite roadblocks by the police and the popularisation of the Nyumba Kumi Initiative.

Back in 2014, 95 Ethiopians were arrested near the Kenya-Tanzania border on their way to South Africa.

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