Ethiopian gov’t says 21 abducted students in Dembi Dollo area released

Ethiopian government is seemingly responding to allegations of negligence over the abduction of students in Oromo region of Ethiopia

Nigussu Tilahun, press secretariat in the office of the prime minister. Photo credit : ENA

borkena
January 11, 2020 

Ethiopian government said on Saturday that 21 students who were abducted as they were heading to their homes from Dembi Dollo University, in Oromo region of Ethiopia, are released.

6 students are still in hostage situation according to head of press secretariat in the office of the Prime Minister ,Nigussu Tilahun. 

13 of the abductee who are reportedly released are females and 8 are men. These students , who are from Amhara region, were heading to their parents after the university was closed following security issue in the region, as reported by Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).

Effort is underway to secure the release of remaining students with the mediation of elders and religious leaders in the region. 

Nigusus Tilahun said about 35,000 university students in Oromo region have headed home after security problems in 16 universities in the region. Sever students have been killed in various universities in the region in what appears to be manufactured clashes. Similar situations have been observed in some universities in Amhara region of Ethiopia too.

It is to be recalled that the National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) issued a statement on Friday condemning government over what it called negligence in connection with abducted ethnic Amhara students in Oromo region of Ethiopia.



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3 Responses to "Ethiopian gov’t says 21 abducted students in Dembi Dollo area released"

  1. Stone Age's-University/Cave Dropout Shewaye   January 12, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    ሰበር ዜና፦ የእነእስክንደር ነጋ ስብሰባ ታገደ፣ አዲሱን ፓርቲ ጎዳና ላይ ተሰብስበው መሰረቱ::
    University Dropout students are learning freely without political pressures on the streets at the homeless Universities.

    We also attend the homeless churches on the streets since our churches got burnt down .

    ”ማን ይለቀቅ ፤ ማን አይለቀቅ እስካሁን አላወቅንም” የታጋች ቤተሰቦች

    No phone call or reunification done between students and the families .

    ‹‹ተለቀቁ ሲባል በመገናኛ ብዙኃን ከመስማታችን የተለዬ ነገር አልሰማንም፡፡›› የደንቢዶሎ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ታጋች ተማሪዎች ወላጆች

    The area the students were hidden is not under PM Abiy Ahmed security . PM Abiy Ahmed is allowed to go in and out the area by himself to negotiate with the terrorists but his administration’s security apparatus are not.

    For more than one month time the PM Abiy Ahmed adminstration kept this abduction of the students within Ethiopia a secret from the public. The Abiy Ahmed administration wanted to keep the abduction, negotiation and mediation that was going on in Ethiopia a secret forever , they were not able to keep it a secret so now they are trying paint a different picture about the situation, since Ato Nigussu Tilahun’s threat on the life of Journalist Beqalu Alamirew went public recently .

    The Oromia province officials claimed they were unaware of the abduction for more than one month

    The demand made by those who took the students hostage is that the Federal government returns all Oromo students from the Amara region back to Oromia region. Their demand is still not met with Oromo students in the Amara region not being returned to Oromia, assuming only six students are still remaining taken, the lives of the six students who are still not released is in grave danger .

    bbc.com/amharic/51081642

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=3nsvZ-cQ5Hk

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  2. Ittu Aba Farda   January 13, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    This is wonderful news. These angelic young ladies are innocent citizens victimized by savage hoodlums. As a proud father of two children and grandchildren myself I am thankfully relieved now. The question now is whether such savage act will not be repeated. From what I see now is an environment ripe for the spread of it. Crimes of all sorts have been committed that were not dealt with in deterring manner. Bigots and vicious thugs have been getting away with murder and pillaging without comparable retribution from the law enforcement. It seems to me or I am led to suspect that in many of blatant crimes committed might have had insiders’ hands in them. In such environment very capable leaders would be rendered as if they are inept. It will be overwhelming to control or avoid them altogether. Otherwise the alternative would be a bloody dictatorship and that would even deadlier also much more destructive than it is now. The current officials should prove themselves that are capable of meeting the expectations by the citizens who have entrusted them with the mantle of governing the country. Million of citizens from Dewele to Asosa, from Moyale to the northern tip of the country have been seeking a day in court for gross injustices done to them by bigoted thugs roaming in their hoods since 2018. The crimes committed against them have been decried by humanitarian organization from inside and outside the country and there should not be any statute of limitation for such shameful and destructive crimes. It is time for that punk who is wreaking havoc in the west of the country, his entire entourage and others like him be reported to and charged by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. He and his mob should be charged with rape even though these angelic daughters of all of us might not have been physically violated. Who knows what those savages might end up doing to these young ladies if the situation kept dragging on. We should all remember the post trauma that these students will bear the rest of their lives. It will be an emotional scar that will never heal.

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  3. Ittu Aba Farda   January 13, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    This is wonderful news. These angelic young ladies are innocent citizens victimized by savage hoodlums. As a proud father of two children and grandchildren myself I am thankfully relieved now. The question now is whether such savage act will not be repeated. From what I see now is an environment ripe for the spread of it. Crimes of all sorts have been committed that were not dealt with in deterring manner. Bigots and vicious thugs have been getting away with murder and pillaging without comparable retribution from the law enforcement. It seems to me or I am led to suspect that in many of blatant crimes committed might have had insiders’ hands in them. In such environment very capable leaders would be rendered as if they are inept. It will be overwhelming to control or avoid them altogether. Otherwise the alternative would be a bloody dictatorship and that would even be deadlier also much more destructive than it is now. The current officials should prove themselves that they are capable of meeting the expectations by the citizens who have entrusted them with the mantle of governing the country. Million of citizens from Dewele to Asosa, from Moyale to the northern tip of the country have been seeking a day in court for gross injustices done to them by bigoted thugs roaming in their hoods since 2018. The crimes committed against them have been decried by humanitarian organization from inside and outside the country and there should not be any statute of limitation for such shameful and destructive crimes. It is time for that punk who is wreaking havoc in the west of the country, his entire entourage and others like him be reported to and charged by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. He and his mob should be charged with rape even though these angelic daughters of all of us might not have been physically violated. Who knows what those savages might end up doing to these young ladies if the situation kept dragging on. We should all remember the post trauma that these students will bear the rest of their lives. It will be an emotional scar that will never heal.

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