Tanzanian police on Thursday announced the arrest of 20 Ethiopian nationals for illegal entry.
Edward Bukombe, Tanga Regional Police Commander, said in an interview that the aliens were nabbed on Thursday noon at Mkanyageni village in north-eastern Tanzania's district of Muheza after police were tipped off by Good Samaritans.
Bukombe said that the illegal immigrants were en-route to South Africa for "greener pastures."
According to him, after getting the information, the police force in collaboration with other security agencies in the area deployed traps, which finally caught them.
The regional police chief further said that the Ethiopian nationals would be charged in court later for being in the country illegally.
He, however, commended the public for their cooperation to facilitate the arrest of the immigrants, calling upon the general public to imbibe a culture of reporting to security agencies, whenever they notice something unusual in their areas for the country's peace.
He warned all people, who are behind human trafficking business as well as those who take illegal immigrants into their homes to stop from doing so as the law would take its course against them.
Earlier this week, seven Ethiopian migrants drowned after a boat carrying 13 people capsized off the coast of Tanga while en route to South Africa.
Bukombe confirmed that the boat went down early on Monday off East Africa's Indian Ocean near Tanzania's maritime border with Kenya.
"Of the people on board, 12 were Ethiopians and another person, who was the boat captain, the nationality has not been identified because he is still missing," he said.