DailyNation: Police officers arrested in Marsabit for human trafficking

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Three police officers were Friday arrested in connection with human trafficking in Marsabit County as Kenya continues to deal with hundreds of Ethiopian nationals passing through on a perilous journey to South Africa in search of a better life. The officers were arrested at Sololo area for allegedly ferrying 23 Ethiopian migrants to Nairobi. "The officers are under investigations in Moyale," said the acting Marsabit County Police Commander Mark Wanjala on phone without elaborating. In November last year, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission officers arrested an immigration officer in Moyale who reportedly issued irregular permits to foreigners. There has been an influx of Ethiopian nationals in the country most of them headed to South Africa in search of greener pastures. Last year, Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani urged security agencies to deal firmly with the challenge of illegal aliens. On Wednesday, police arrested 23 Ethiopians who were found hiding in a house at Kamae in Kahawa West, Nairobi. The police had…

Court fines 18 Ethiopians illegally in Kenya Sh30, 000 each.

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A Marsabit court Monday fined 18 Ethiopians Sh30, 000 each or serve a three-month jail term for being in the country illegally. The court also fined Mr Ali Bishar Mohammed and Dahir Hussein Mohammed for facilitating the migrants’ entry into Kenya. Appearing before the Marsabit senior resident magistrate Boaz Ombewa, they all pleaded guilty to the charge. The court was told the Ethiopian nationals were arrested Monday in a Nairobi-bound lorry that was transporting beans. Police seized the illegal migrants at a Marsabit-Moyale roadblock in Marsabit Central sub-County at around 3am after a tip off from the public. “Police officers on patrol flagged down a lorry and upon conducting a search, they found several passengers on board, they then asked them for their identification documents where they found 18 Ethiopians nationals without travel documents,’’ Mr Jacob Kibet, a prosecutor told the court. Mr Ombewa ordered the Ethiopians to be deported to their country upon paying the fines or serving their…