Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Addis Ababa, 18 Feb 2014 – Twenty seven Ethiopians marching Nakonde Province have intercepted and arrested for illegal entry into Zambia.
Nakonde District Commissioner James Singoyi has confirmed the arrest of the illegal immigrants in an interview in Chinsali today.
Mr. Singoyi said the 27 were found hiding in a container of a truck registration number ARF20 and Trailer Number T806 belonging to Dando Company of Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania which was carrying an assortment of goods en-route to Lusaka.
Mr. Singoyi said the 27 who are all males aged between 15 and 48 years were intercepted at Ilendela Village about 18 km from Nakonde border following a tip off from members of the public.
The district Commissioner said all the illegal immigrants are currently detained at Nakonde police station and will appear in court soon.
Mr. Singoyi has since commended the Immigration officers or being alert and has directed them to intensify patrols to ensure that no illegal immigrants are allowed to enter the country adding that illegal immigrants are a danger to the national security and should therefore, not be allowed to step into the country.
He has also appealed to the police manning check points along the Great North Road to be alert and check thoroughly for any illegal immigrants or goods that could have entered through the Nakonde border.