Zambian authorities have arrested 130 prohibited immigrants who were part of those nabbed on Sunday when the officers raided an Easter celebration service at a local church in the capital Lusaka, an official statement said on Tuesday. immigrants
On Sunday, officers from the Immigration Department raided a church in the suburb of Lusaka, arrested 153 prohibited immigrants and took them for screening.
Immigration Department Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka said in the statement that so far 23 out of the 153 have been released after they produced documents proving their legal immigration status.
The official said the remaining 130 are still being held pending further screening and possible prosecution.
The Immigration Department’s move comes after increased reports said churches have become hiding places for illegal immigrants.
Among those arrested include Burundians, Congolese and Tanzanian nationals.
Meanwhile, immigration authorities in northern Zambia have arrested 52 Democratic Republic of Congo nationals for illegal entry and stay in the country.
The 52 were among 79 Congolese nationals who were arrested during raid on fishing camps in Nchelenge district on April 3 and 4 as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
The authorities said 27 were released after they proved their legal immigration status while the 52 will be taken to court. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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