Ethiopian Federal Police Arrests Five Senior Officials from Benishangul-Gumuz Region

Gambella people protesting for political reform.

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(EZEGA) — Ethiopian Federal Police has arrested five senior officials of Benishangul Gumuz regional state of Ethiopia, according to FBC news report.

The detained officials include the deputy head of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state administration and security bureau and former mayor of Assosa town.

The detained officials were suspected of instigating conflict that occurred in Assosa town in June this year, as well as the recent clashes along the borders of the state with Oromia regional state.

The Ethiopian Federal Police also it plans to arrest more suspects in the region.

There have been frequent clashes at the border of Benishangul-Gumuz and Oromia regional states, between the Kamashi people living across the border from Oromia and ethnic Oromos and Amharas living in the state. These conflicts resulted in dozens of deaths and the dislocation of thousands of Ethiopians.

Organized political groups on both sides of the Oromia-Benishangul border are said to be involved in the conflict.

In late September this year, more than 44 people died as a result of ethnic clashes at the border between Benishangul-Gumuz and Oromia state. And more 90,000 people were displaced from their homes and towns. At the time, the regional administration of Benishanul-Gumuz region requested help from Ethiopian National Defense Forces, saying local security forces were inadequate to stop the violence. A spokesman for the Benishangul-Gumuz region blamed armed supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) for the attacks.

Last week, in a coordinated messages, both the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the OLF sent a strong warning to what they called instigators of attacks on Oromo people coming from the Benishangul-Gumuz region.

The ODO is led by Lemma Megerssa, the Oromia region president, and Abiy Ahmed, the current Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

2 comments

  1. Let these agents of destabilization under go thorough investigation,any evidence that comes out of this regarding the lose of life and property in Beneshangul and Wellega is needed to trace back to the source of the master minds. We are going to need all the evidence that can possibly lead to the sources. TPLF leaders can not continue play sport with their crimes,and still think they can get away with it.

  2. The new government has cut the destructive and destabilizing hands of the TPLF in the Somali region. It has to do the same thing in Benishangul and Afar regions and squeeze the TPLF into submitting to the rule of law. The TPLF should not be let any more to continue to abuse these regions for its futile effortts of destabilizing the country. It is time to make decisive decisions and strike the final nail on the coffins of the TPLF.
    The TPLF is a terrorist, fascist and racist organization and has to be officially banned.
    The region of Tigray must be give clear and decisive options. They should continue to offer save haven for the TPLF leaders or copperate with the federal government in handing over the fascists to the justice system.

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