Foreigners arrested in Donholm police swoop
Tens of suspected illegal immigrants based in the Eastlands area of Nairobi were arrested in a swoop by security agents on Saturday night.
The close to two hour operation, which was handled by about 20 uniformed and plain clothes policemen, targeted all residents who did not have any identification documents.
A majority of those arrested were either of Indian, Somalia or Nigerian origin and they were forcefully bundled onto the back of a police lorry that was parked at the Greenspan Mall in Donholm and driven to an unknown destination at the end of the operation which lasted close to three hours and ended moments to 11pm.
The security detail declined to grant Nairobi News an interview, and also refused to allow photos of the incident to be taken.
“We need to fill up this lorry with these customers, they are very many around here,” one of the policemen was overheard saying.
One lady who seemed to be in her early twenties and refused to reveal her name, told Nairobi News that her Nigerian boyfriend was one of those that had been arrested.
“He has all the papers with him but the police could not to listen to his side of the story. They have confiscated his mobile phone and passport. This is very unfair,” she said.
It was not immediately clear whether the swoop was targeting anything or anyone specific or had was just one of the regular operations targeting one of the middle lower income areas of Nairobi County.