Police in Lari constituency on Wednesday night arrested seven Somalis suspected of being in the country illegally.
They were arrested at Kwa Mathore on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
During the arrest, the driver of the car ferrying the Somalis, Gerald Ochieng, tried to escape into the bush, but police caught up with him.
Six of the suspects could neither speak Kiswahili nor English. Only one could speak English.
Lari police boss Alfred Makoma yesterday said he suspects the four women and three men entered Kenya illegally and were being taken to Eastleigh in Nairobi.
“They had personal belongings such as clothes, but didn’t have identification documents,” Makoma said.
He said officers patrolling the highway stopped the vehicle for inspection, but the driver tried to speed off.
Ochieng was, however, blocked by other vehicles ahead of him, leading to their arrest.
Makoma identified the Somalis as Abubakar Farah, Hussein Ali, Hassan Gail, Najima Farah, Nashen Abdbulahi, Nurro Adow and Habibo Jillo.
Ochieng told the police boss he is a car hire driver and did not know that the suspects had no identification and travel documents.
He said he was hired to collect them from Kakuma and take them to Eastleigh.
Makoma said they are looking for the car owner so that they can establish the truth.
“We feel the driver is hiding some important information. We have written to the registrar of motor vehicles to tell us who the owner of that vehicle is so he or she can tell us who had hired it that day,” he said.
Makoma said the suspects will be charged in court with being in the country illegally.
Lari MP Mburu Kahangara praised police for being alert at a time when the country is faced with terror attacks.