Somali nationals arrested over illegal entry

Tororo- Police in Tororo District are holding three Somali nationals over illegal entry into Uganda.

The suspects were arrested on Sunday while crossing into the country through River Malaba.

The Bukedi region police spokesperson, Mr Michael Odongo, said they were arrested with the help of sand excavators and crime preventers after they had successfully sneaked into the country from Kenya through the porous border post at Kagula village in Mella Sub-county.

Mr Odongo said some of the suspects claimed they had escaped from Kakumo refugee camp in Kenya to escape hostile situations at the camp and join their colleagues in Europe through Kenya-Uganda via South Sudan.

“Much as security has been beefed up at the border points, the efforts has been frustrated by the existence of the porous borders which suspects use to sneak into the country,” said Mr Odongo.

Mr Odongo said they are in touch with the immigration department at the border and that the suspects will be charged with illegal entry into the country upon completion of the investigations.

Mr Odongo commended residents for their vigilance that enabled the suspects to be arrested, something he attributed to increased sensitisation of the area residents through community policing.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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