BOARD ANNOUNCES 11,000 DETAINED UNDER SOE - The ReporterSubmitted by MuluTube on Sat, 11/12/2016 - 22:08
The State of Emergency Inquiry Board announced of 11,607 individuals suspected of inciting political unrests in different parts of the country which resulted in the destruction of private and public properties had been detained.
Tadesse Wordofa, chairperson of the Inquiry Board, told journalists on Friday that the Command Post had arrested 11,607 suspects, currently held in six detention centers and military camps around the country. Out the total number, 347 detainees are women, Tadesse noted.
According to the chairperson, 1174 peoples were detained in the Awash area of Oromia region, some 300km southeast of Addis Ababa. The detainees in this center were mainly brought from Addis Ababa as well as Eastern and Northern Shoa areas of Oromia.
A total of 4,329 peoples were detained in Tolay military camp located some 350km west of Addis Ababa. Tadesse noted the detainees in this center were rounded up from Eastern Oromia, mainly from the Arsi area, and Western Oromia, mainly from Wollega.
A total of 3,048 suspects, largely from the East and West Harerge regions of Oromia, are detained in Zeway Federal Prison facility while another 2114 suspects, mostly from Gedeo area were also reported to be held in Yergalem Aposto military camp, located in Yergalem town of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State, the chairperson indicated.
He added 532 suspects arrested in the Amhara Regional State, chiefly from the South and West Gondar areas, were detained in a facility found in Bahir Dar, while 410 suspects arrested from various districts in Addis Ababa are held in different facilities found in the capital.
Tadesse said all the suspects are above 18 with the majority being the youth, farmers and traders.
“No foreign citizen has been arrested so far,” he revealed.
The Inquiry Board was due to disseminate a list containing the names of the detainees to all regional states starting from yesterday. All the regions are required to post the list in public places so that the families of the detainees can easily identify their whereabouts, Tadesse explained.
It is to be remembered that on October 7, 2016, the Council of Ministers declared a state of emergency aimed at arresting the widespread political unrest in various area of the Amhara and Oromia Regions. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn then said that his administration was compelled to decree the six-month state of emergency due to the breakdown of law and order which endangered the constitutional order and could be controlled by the regular law enforcement agencies.
The State of Emergency Inquiry Board was established by Parliament pursuant to the constitution of Ethiopia. It is mandated with overseeing the execution of the state of emergency and to make public within one month the names of all individuals arrested on account of the state of emergency together with the reasons for their arrest.