THE Department of Immigration in Lusaka’s Zani muone has intercepted 114 Ethiopians in a suspected human smuggling case.
This was after officers raided a three bedroom house on Saturday, 6th February, 2021 following a tip-off received from the public.
In a media statement, Department of Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka said the Ethiopians, some of whom visibly appeared to have been physically abused, starved and deprived of freedom of movement were found sleeping on the floor of the house whose windows were completely covered by very heavy dark curtains.
He said preliminary investigations suggest that the Ethiopians have been held in the house for at least six months.
“The vulnerable and helpless state in which the captives were found crowded in such a small space has demonstrated just how evil and merciless human traffickers and smugglers can be. This is why the Department is doing everything possible to apprehend anyone connected to these criminal activities.
To this effect, we wish to encourage anyone with information on the people behind this criminality to come forward. All the 114 are being held pending conclusion of investigations,” Mr Nshinka said.
And Immigration officers in Nyimba, Eastern Province have apprehended 36 Ethiopians nationals for failing to appear before an Immigration Officer on entry.
Mr Nshinka said the group was nabbed on February 6 this year in the mountains near Kacholola and Luangwa Bridge in Nyimba District following reports of their presence by alert members of the community.
He said the Ethiopians also failed to produce documentation legalizing their entry and stay in Zambia.
Mr Nshinka said the group is currently detained at Nyimba Correctional Facility pending Court appearance.
“This brings the total number of Ethiopians detained by the Nyimba Immigration Officer for failing to appear before an Immigration Officer on entry to 69 in just over a week. The same office, with the help of the local community on January 30 apprehended 33 Ethiopians in the mountains near Unyanya Village a few kilometres from the Luangwa Bridge. They too are currently detained at Nyimba Correctional facility pending prosecution,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Lusaka Regional Immigration office has jointly charged two Congolese and a Rwandese for being found in possession of a forged immigration stamp.
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MultiChoice Zambia set to air highlights from BBNaija season 5 from Monday, 1 March
MultiChoice Zambia is set to air highlights from BBNaija season 5 from Monday, 1 March till Friday, 26 March 2021 on Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) at 23:00 CAT.
BBNaija lovers will have another opportunity to relive some of the best moments of the BBNaija Lockdown edition, six months after the epic grand finale which saw Olamilekan “Laycon” Agbeleshe emerge winner. The highlights episodes will also get fans primed and excited for the upcoming Reunion show of the season.
BBNaija continues to be a TV phenomenon in Nigeria and across Africa. The Lockdown edition set the record for the number of votes cast with 900 million votes recorded during the show and over 60 billion impressions on digital. The edition also broke the Showmax live-streaming record, becoming the most-watched live entertainment content ever on the streaming service.
Fans of the reality TV show will enjoy up to 40 episodes, containing their favourite and most memorable moments from the Lockdown edition. BBNaija Lockdown Highlights will air on Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) from 23:00 CAT till 00:00 CAT daily, available to customers on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and GOtv Max and Plus.
Unknown criminals in Lusaka steal 48 goats, police say
UNKNOWN criminals in Lusaka West have stolen 48 goats valued at over K23,000 from a kraal.
The criminals are also alleged to have slaughtered three other goats and left the carcass on the scene within the kraal.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has since appealed to members of the public who could have information that may lead to the apprehension of the suspects to report to any nearest police.
“Police are investigating a matter of stock theft in which unknown criminals stole 48 goats valued at over K23, 000, property of female adult Allen Mwamba aged 36 of Lusaka West,” she said.
Meanwhile, Police in Kaputa of Northern Province are investigating a matter in which unknown people swindled a woman identified as Scholar Kasikuti aged 23 out of K1, 895 through mobile money.
She said the victim was deceived by unknown person pretending to be an employees of MTN that she was a lucky winner of a sum of K2,000 in an MTN competition and asked her to give them her personal details.
“Members of the public are therefore advised to be security conscious and avoid giving personal or bank details to unknown people running unverified promotions,” Mrs Katongo said.