Police nab 61 Ethiopian illegal immigrants abandoned by their sponsor

19Feb 2020
The Guardian
Police nab 61 Ethiopian illegal immigrants abandoned by their sponsor

​​​​​​​SIXTY-ONE illegal immigrants from Ethiopia are being held by the police in Morogoro region for entering the country illegally after they were abandoned by their sponsor.

Morogoro regional Police Commander Mugabo Wekwe.

The Morogoro regional Police Commander Mugabo Wekwe said the illegal immigrants were arrested on February 16 at around 8.00 pm at Kwampangile area in Doma Ward, Mvomero district.

RPC Wekwe said the police who were  on patrol received a tip from an informer about a group of people believed to be aliens in their vicinity.

He said after receiving the tip off  they arrived at the scene and found a group of illegal immigrants hiding in a forest.

Wekwe said after interrogation it was found out they were Ethiopians who entered the country illegally and abandoned by their sponsor since February 15 at the spot, and added that said sponsor is still being sought by the police.

He said the immigrants are of age between 19 and 35 years and investigations are underway to hunt for people who assisted them in the human trafficking incident.

He said the immigrants will soon be taken to court as the procedure is still ongoing in collaboration with immigration authorities.

He appealed to the wananchi to continue liaising with the police in unearthing this kind of crime, as well all other kinds of crime.

He also called upon all those engaged in human trafficking to stop doing so as the police is well positioned to ensure illegal immigrants do not succeed in their quests to pass through Morogoro Region.