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Kenyan police arrest 9 Ethiopians for being in Kenya illegally


Nairobi –  Kenyan police on Monday arrested nine Ethiopians from a residential house in Nairobi for being in the country illegally.

Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome said the nine suspects were waiting for their agent to move them to South Africa where they had been promised jobs.

Koome said the Ethiopians were nabbed after security officers had been tipped off about their presence.

He said the suspects would be arraigned in court during the week before being deported to their home.

The latest crackdown came after the police on Feb. 7 arrested 29 Ethiopians after they were found being transported in a lorry in Nairobi.

They were to get shelter in the area before leaving for South Africa where they say they would get better jobs when police arrested them.

The driver of the lorry was also arrested in the operation.

The Kenyan authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for the runaway influx of foreigners into Kenya through Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders and the porous border with Somalia.

Refugee rights organisations and aid agencies have blamed poverty in Africa for the rising cases of human trafficking.

They said that the huge supply of labour both skilled and unskilled makes them vulnerable to criminal syndicates. (Xinhua/NAN)

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