KOTA KINABALU: Ten people, including eight illegal immigrants, were nabbed during a raid in Tawau on Monday (April 19) night.
The raid was conducted as part of the Eastern Sabah Security Command’s (Esscom) ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
Esscom commander Datuk Ahmad Fuad Othman said that in the 7.55pm incident, security forces had noticed suspicious vessel movement from international waters into Sabah via radar.
The vessel was moving towards Kampung Kurnia Jaya, he said.
“Our team was sent to the scene and there, we found eight men, a woman and a boy in a house. We believe they had just arrived from a neighbouring country illegally, ” he said.
Ahmad said inspection of the suspects found that eight of them, aged from 10 to 70, did not possess any travel or identification documents.
He said two of those arrested – locals aged 26 and 28 – are believed to be in charge of transporting the illegal immigrants to another location.
All suspects have been remanded to facilitate investigations.
Ahmad said that Esscom, together with other security agencies, will continue to beef up patrols and raids and work towards increasing their presence at sea and borders to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the state.
“We are doing this with the main aim of breaking the chain of Covid-19 transmission through outside carriers into Sabah, ” he said.
In August last year, two Filipino illegal immigrants sparked a Covid-19 outbreak in Lahad Datu police lockup, which later spread to other areas including Tawau Prison.