Ethiopian gov’t says abduction not ethnically motivated, will meet parents

Ethiopian government says it is not right to see the abduction as ethnically motivated one. Three abducted students’ parents will meet with Nigussu Tilahun on Thursday.

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Police commissioner Endashaw Tassew (left), Press Secretariat in the office of PM Nigussu Tilahun (center) and State minister in the ministry of science and higer education – Samuel Kifle(right) . Photo credit : EPRDF (Biltsigna) official page

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January 29, 2020

The Ethiopian government is reportedly meeting with abducted students’ parents.

About five parents received an invitation to a meeting from the office of the Prime Minister via district authorities where they live in Amhara regional state of Ethiopia, Sheger FM radio reported on Tuesday.

Two of the parents say they are not clear as to what the purpose of the meeting is.

Sheger FM also reported that some of the invited are already in Addis Ababa while others are on their way to Addis. They will meet with Nigussu Tilahun, press secretariat in the office of the Prime Minister, on Thursday.

The abduction and government’s position

It has been nearly two months since 21 students, mostly girls, were abducted on their way to their parents’ place after the university announced the closure of it due to security concerns that could affect students, mostly from the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

They were abducted in early December from a bus they were traveling in near Anfillo District in Kelem Wollega Zone in a locality called Suddi, according to information from the office of the prime minister of Ethiopia.

Politicians, activists, and politicized Ethiopians on social media blamed the Ethiopian government or providing misleading and dishonest information.  On January 11, Nigussu Tilahun claimed that the government has managed to rescue 21 students. However, two weeks later, parents have not heard about their children, which is what led to massive demonstrations across several cities in Amhara region of Ethiopia on January 28, 2020.

Senior government officials, including Nigussu Tilahun, held a press statement on Wednesday, and he stood by his statement. The information regarding the release of 21 students is correct, and it came from an official government communication network, he said. From what he said during the presser on Wednesday,  military patrol operations in the area rescued them. It is, however, unclear where precisely these rescued students are and if they are in touch with their parents.

According to Nigussu, those abducted currently are 19, and 14 of them are students of Dembi Dollo University. Names of the rest of the abducted could not be verified with the university, he added.

Abiy Ahmed’s administration is also criticized for being silent and for inaction to rescue the students. Nigusu’s response to that is, “The government is working diligently on it and doing so with a great sense of responsibility.”

Endashaw Tassew, Federal Police Commissioner, said there is information regarding the location of students and that the government is following it up. However, he said that there is no information if they are hurt. Rumors have been circulating on social media that the abducted students are executed.  The government sees that as “false propaganda” intended to create gaps between the government and the people.

He also disclosed that three investigative teams are established and working on it. Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen is also leading a team that is working on the same issue.

Asked if the ethnic-based attack motivated the abduction, government representatives said that there had been abductions in the past against business people and government officials who live in the area.  



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8 Responses to "Ethiopian gov’t says abduction not ethnically motivated, will meet parents"

  1. Grace Mengistu   January 30, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Interpol is leading the investigation with full jurisdiction .

    Ethiopian federal police and other local law enforcement agencies are striped of their jurisdictions.

    It is not customary for Interpol to be given full jurisdiction in such matters, but for unspecified reason it is being said interpol is conducting the investigation by itself.

    reuters.com/article/us-tanzania-kidnap/tanzania-police-work-with-interpol-to-search-for-abducted-tycoon-idUSKCN1MT1TL

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  2. Alem   January 30, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Why your lips sealed for so long. But you have the courage to roar when balader committee try a peaceful organization. Complicity to crime for the sake of keeping one’s power won’t save him from responsibly.

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  3. እኔ ለእሷ ለእሱ   February 1, 2020 at 3:28 am

    “እኔ ለእሷ ለእሱ” በሚል መሪ ቃል ለታገቱ ንጹሃን ተማሪዎች ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ አስተባባሪዎችና ሊዘግቡ የሂዱ ጋዜጠኞች ታሰሩ::

    FESTIVAL 2020 :
    Ethio cake fest 2020 at ECA Park , ADDIS ABABA ETHIOPIA . SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1ST , 2020 AND SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2ND, 2020.

    ታላቅ ሠላማዊ ሰልፍ በአዲስ አበባ መስቀል አደባባይ

    Sat Feb 01 2020 at 03:00 am
    መስቀል አደባባይ አዲስ አበባ ኢትዮጵያ Meskel Square Addis Ababa Ethiopia, መስቀል አደባባይ – አዲስ አበባ – ኢትዮጵያ – Meskel Square * Addis Ababa * Ethiopia.

    ቅዳሜ ጥር 23 በአዲስ አበባ ታላቅ ሠላማዊ ሰልፍ

    ሰልፉን ለማስተባበር የተሰባሰበው ኮሚቴ ለሰልፉ እውቅና የማስገባት ሂደቱን በተገቢው መልኩ ያከናወነ ሲሆን የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ሰላማዊ ሰልፍና ስብሰባ ማሳወቂያ ክፍል የማሳወቂያ ደብዳቤውን መቀበሉን ተከትሎ ሰልፉ ለወገኖቻችን ድምፅ የመሆን አላማውን በተገቢና በተሳካ መንገድ ግቡን ይመታ ዘንድ ኮሚቴው “እኔ ለእሷ ለእሱ” በሚል መሪ ቃል ወደ ሰልፉ ዝግጅት ገብቷል።
    በመሆኑም
    -መላው የአዲስ አበባ ነዋሪ ቅዳሜ ለሚደረገው ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ለሚደረገው ዝግጅት ከኮሚቴው ጎን እንዲቆም
    -የሰብአዊ መብት ተቋማት፣ሚዲያዎችና የንፁሀን ተማሪዎች መታገት ይመለከተናል የሚሉ በተለያየ መስክ የተሰማሩ ተቋማት ለሰላማዊ ሰልፉ መሳካት የበኩላቸውን አስተዋፅኦ እንዲያደርጉ እየጠየቅን ሰልፉን በተመለከተ ኮሚቴው የሚሰጣቸው መግለጫዎች በመከተል ዝግጅት እንዲደረግ እንጠይቃለን።

    ( መአዛ መሀመድ)

    mereja.com/video2/mobile/watch.php?vid=ce275e764

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  4. Paulos Aschalew   February 1, 2020 at 6:21 am

    ጃዋር ለወ/ት ብርቱካን “አንቺ ሴት ከእኔ ምን ጉዳይ አለሽ? ብታርፊ ይሻላል” የሚል ማስፈራሪያና ዛቻ የታጨቀበት መልዕክት ኢሜል አደረገ::

    ONCE AGAIN AS ALWAYS ADDIS ABABA PEOPLE ARE DOOMED TO STAY PERMANENTLY DENIED FROM HOLDING PROTEST UNDER PROSPERITY PARTY. THE PROTEST ABOUT ABDUCTED GIRLS GOT DENIED BY PM ABIY AHMED.CLAIMING AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT WHICH IS A WEEK AWAY WILL BE DISRUPTED BY THE PROTEST SCHEDULED TO BE HELD A WEEK EARLIER THAN THE SUMMIT.

    ORTHODOX CHURCH , BALDRAS , ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS …. ARE DENIED PROTEST PERMITS BY PROSPERITY PARTY.

    IT IS TIME FOR ADDIS ABSBA PEOPLE TO START NON VIOLENT RESISTANCE (NVR) AGAINST PROSPERITY PARTY PP BY STAYING HOME FOR ONE DAY OR MORE DAYS AND DIASPORAS SHOULD START CAMPAIGN TO BOYCOTT SENDING REMITTANCE MONEY FROM DIASPORA UNTIL HUMAN RIGHTS OF ETHIOPIANS SUCH AS ADDIS ABABA PEOPLE’S FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS RESPECTED .

    ethiopianregistrar.com/amharic/የራሳቸውን-ሀይማኖት-በሚያስፋፉ-ባለስል/

    mereja.com/amharic/v2/212254

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  5. Mulugeta Shiferaw   February 3, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Two of Bekele Gerba’s cousins named Tamru and Jote are missing suspected being abducted by terrorists .

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  6. Zeki   February 3, 2020 at 6:44 am

    What’s the motivation then? Religion?
    nytimes.com/video/multimedia/100000003642806/anti-islamic-state-protests-in-ethiopia-spiral-into-violence.html

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  7. Ferid   February 3, 2020 at 8:23 am

    ሁከትና ብጥብጥ የሚያስነሳው መንግስት ራሱ ነው ‼

    FEBRUARY 2, 2020 – ስዩም ተሾመ — COMMENTS ↓
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    IMAGE MAY CONTAIN: PEOPLE, PEOPLE SITTING AND INDOORS ሁከትና ብጥብጥ የሚያስነሳው መንግስት ራሱ ነው‼

    ይሄ መጥረቢያና ገጀራ ይዞ ሐረርና ድሬዳዋን ሲበጠብጥ የሚውለው ጎረምሳ ከጃዋር መሃመድ ጋር ተቃቅፎ ስታዩ የተገረማችሁ በሙሉ በሉ አሁን እርማችሁን አውጡ። ምክንያቱም ከታች በምስሉ ላይ እንደምታዩት ይሄ በጥባጭ ጎረምሳ የወጣቶች የስራ ሂደት ባለቤት አቶ እስክንድር ከተባለ ግለሰብ ጋር ቢሮ ስብሰባ ተቀምጧል። በዚህ መሠረት ከግብረአበሮቹ ጋር በቀጣይ ተግባራዊ ስለሚደረገው የብጥብጥ ስትራቴጂ ይወያያል። ከዚህ የምንረዳው ነገር፤

    1ኛ) ሐረርና ድሬዳዋ ላይ ሁከትና ብጥብጥ በማስነሳት የብሔርና ሃይማኖት ግጭት የሚቀሰቅስው በመንግሥት ፍቃድና በጀት ነው። በመሆኑም የአከባቢው ህዝብ ዘወትር በሽብር ሰቆቃ ከሚኖር ከነጭራሹ “ መንግስት የለም” ብሎ እርሙን ያውጣ‼ ወይም ደግሞ

    2ኛ) የጃዋርና አህመዲን የሽብር ቡድን ሐረርና ድሬዳዋ ላይ የመንግስትን ስልጣንና መዋቅር በበላይነት ተቆጣጥሯል። ስለዚህ የአከባቢው ነዋሪዎች ጓዛቸውን ጠቅልለው ይሰደዱ አሊያም ከአሸባሪዎች ጋር አብሮ መኖር ይለመዱ‼

    ከዚህ በተረፈ የማንም ጎረምሳ በመንግስት ፍቃድና በጀት ህዝብና ሀገር እያሸበረ መስኪድና ቤተክርስቲያን በእሳት ሲቃጠል፣ ንፁሃን ዜጎች በግፍ እየተገደሉ ዳግም ከህዝብ ጋር አብሮ ማልቀስ፣ በዚህ እኩይ ተግባር የተሰማሩ ሰዎችን ከተጎጂዎች ጋር ሆኖ መርገምና ማማረር አይቻልም። “ሞኝን እባብ ሁለቴ ነክሰው፤ አንዴ ሲያይ ሌላ ግዜ ሲያሳይ” እንደሚባለው ሁሉ ህዝብ ሰላምና ደህንነቱን ማጣቱ ሳያንስ በፍትህ እጦት መሰቃየት የለበትም።

    ከዚህ በኋላ በተጠቀሰው አከባቢ ሁከትና ብጥብጥ ቢነሳ በመንግሥት ፍቃድና በጀት የተፈፀመ መሆኑን አውቃችሁ ያለ ማንም ድጋፍና እርዳታ ሰላምና ደህንነታችሁን በራሳችሁ ለማስከበር ከወዲሁ ተዘጋጁ‼ይህ በጥባጭ ጎረምሳ በህግ ቁጥጥር ስር ውሎ ለፍርድ እስካልቀረበ ድረስ በተለይ ሐረርና ድሬዳዋ ላይ ለሚፈጠረው ሁከትና ብጥብጥ ከመንግስት ሌላ ማንም ተጠያቂ ሊሆን እንደማይችል ሊታወቅ ይገባል‼

    ethiopianregistrar.com/time-for-machetes-by-dawit-giorgis/

    mereja.com/amharic/v2/212761

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  8. Kebebuh   February 3, 2020 at 8:38 am

    The Sackler’s Purdue Pharma is willing to move it’s manufacturing plant to Sudan to help facilitate the Industrialization of Sudan .

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