Ethiopian Federal Police Arrests Five Senior Officials from Benishangul-Gumuz Region
December 5, 2018 - 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.