TPDF soldier nabbed for aiding illegal migrants

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POLICE in Manyara Region have arrested a soldier with the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, John Charles Shedafa, of the Kibaha Land Forces base in Coast Region for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants from Ethiopia.

Police reports here indicate that the 32-year-old soldier with Service No MT 90566 PTE, was caught transporting nine immigrants from the Southern Province of Ethiopia to Tanzania through illegal routes usually used by foreigners to evade arrest.

It was rather strange and surprising how more than 10 people could easily squeeze into the tiny Toyota Sienta car with Registration No T-409 CWX, which was discovered to belong to one, Abdallah Mohammed Nurdin, a resident of Dar es Salaam’s suburb of Mtoni.

Manyara Regional Police Commander (RPC), Francis Jacob Massawe, said the immigrants were arrested alongside Shedafa at about 11.40 hours Thursday morning when their car was being refuelled at the Mount Meru Gas Station in Babati town.

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