Kenyan police said on Wednesday, they have arrested seven Somali refugees for hosting terrorists and human trafficking at the Dadaab refugee camp in northeast region.
A regional government official Mohamed Saleh said the suspects who are kingpins of human trafficking through the refugee complex were arrested during a joint security operation conducted on Tuesday at the sprawling camp.
Those being held are Bartie Kalif, Ahmed Mohamud, Omar Kalif, Bare Mahat, Shamsudin Dubow, Nasra Noor and Anab Mahamud.
“The suspects have been facilitating refugees to move to Nairobi for documents to enable them to move to Europe and Canada.
“The suspects have also been hosting terrorists at the camp,” Saleh said in Garissa.
Saleh said the court has granted the police ten days to keep the suspects until investigations are done before they can take a plea in court.
“The human trafficking is for Somalis who they bring into the country and acquire fake documents and then they find their way either into our country or proceed to Europe or Canada as Kenyans,” Saleh said.
The immigrants are said to be using Kenya as their transit route to other countries such as South Africa or other European countries.
The Kenyan authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for the runaway influx of foreigners into Kenya through the porous border with Somalia.
Kenyan authorities have also blamed the militants for being behind spates of kidnapping of expatriates working in the sprawling refugee camps in the incursion-prone northern region and tourists in the coastal archipelago towns of Mombasa and Lamu.
Source: Voice of Nigeria