Tanzanian authorities have apprehended two Tanzanian nationals for over trafficking of 51 Ethiopian migrants, police said on Tuesday.
Onesmo Lyanga, the Dodoma regional police commander, said the two suspects were arrested on Sunday at 9 a.m. local time in Biteko village in Kondoa district.
Over the 51 Ethiopians, Lyanga said in a press conference in the capital Dodoma, “The duo was arrested while they were ferrying the Ethiopian illegal migrants in a truck.”
He said the truck ferrying the Ethiopian migrants was intercepted at a roadblock along the Kondoa-Arusha highway, adding that the truck was heading to Iringa region from Kilimanjaro region.
Lyanga said police are also investigating to establish a syndicate that is behind human trafficking.
“The syndicate will be dismantled and its members be prosecuted,” warned the police official.
A senior immigration official for Dodoma region, Adam Mkuyu urged members of the public to collaborate with law enforcers in identifying human traffickers.