Lamu, KENYA: Police in Lamu are holding 17 foreign nationals who were arrested in various parts of the county for being in the country illegally.
Among those arrested at 14 Tanzanians,two Comoros Island nationals and one Rwandese.
They were arrested between June 20 and 28 this year.
Speaking in his office on Wednesday ,Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said some of the foreigners had no travel documents while others had fake papers.
Kanyiri said some were arrested on the roadblocks mounted by security officers on the main Lamu road, while others were arrested on the Lamu-Somalia border as they tried to cross over into Somalia.
He said another group was also arrested on the Indian Ocean where they were posing as fishermen.
The suspects are currently being grilled by police and shall be arraigned in court any time from now.
Kanyiri said in recent times,there was growing concern over the high number of foreign nationals who were being found in the country without the necessary travel papers.
He said individuals especially from Tanga and Pemba in neighboring Tanzania were sneaking into Lamu posing as fishermen with an intention to cross into Somalia to join terror groups.
Kanyiri said there was need for those visiting or coming into the county to carry all the necessary legal travel documents; in order to avoid unnecessary scrutiny by security officers.
“We shall arraign the 17 in court any time now. We have to find out why they came here as some of them can’t understand Swahili or English. We however urge visitors to carry the required travel papers,”said Kanyiri.
Meanwhile, police in Lamu are still investigating three foreign marine vessels that were nabbed on the Indian Ocean in Lamu weeks ago.
Two of the vessels are from Somali while one is from Yemen.