News: Southern Region Police arrest officer suspected of smuggling 48 Eritrean nationals to Kenya
Addis Ababa – The Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) Regional Police Commission has announced that a member of the South Omo Zone Police Force suspected of trafficking 48 Eritrean nationals, including children, to Kenya was arrested.
Deputy Commander Taju Negash, head of the SNNP police commission’s media department, told a local radio station that the suspect, Deputy Inspector Aytenw Mekonnen, is a technical officer from the area police’s traffic department. . He was arrested in Hamer Woreda, South Omo Zone, while trying to transport Eritrean victims of trafficking to the Kenyan border in an Isuzu truck. The report did not mention where the victims originally came from.
Of the 48 Eritreans, 23 are men, 20 women and five children. The truck driver and an assistant, along with the policeman, were intercepted by zone police and regional special forces on October 18 at around 10 p.m. local time.
Deputy Commander Taju further said that the South Omo area bordering Ethiopia with Kenya and South Sudan, the region is the scene of human trafficking and illegal business activities, which urges the region’s special forces and the area police to carry out strict control in the border area.
The deputy commander said the regional police commission will hand over the Eritrean victims of trafficking to the federal police and launch an investigation into the police officer and two individuals who were apprehended with the officer. AS