Federal, regional security institutions ordered to take legal, proportionate measures
Addis Ababa, April 8, 2019 (FBC) – The National Security Council of Ethiopia said the federal and regional security institutions will take all the necessary, legal and proportionate measures to restore order.
The Council issued a statement today following the instability being observed in some parts of the country and around the Oromo administrative zone in the Amhara regional state as well as in north Shoa zone.
The lives lost and the damages caused to property in Kemissie, administrative center of the Oromo zone, and its environs is an unacceptably by any measurement, the Council said.
After offering its deepest condolences, the Council said ensuring rule of law and the wellbeing of citizens is the key responsibility of the government, it added.
Accordingly, the federal and regional security institutions were ordered to take the necessary, legal and proportionate measures to stabilize the areas and protect residents, the statement added.
According to the statement, a team composed of members drawn from the federal and regional institutions, has been dispatched to the areas in order to investigate the cause of the instability and bring instigators to justice.
The Council also called on mainstream and social media to refrain from disseminating erroneous information that instigates conflict.
Meanwhile, members of the National Defense Force were deployed in both the Oromo administrative and north Shoa zones in the Amhara regional state to restore order.
Colonel Tesfaye Ayalew, office head of the National Defense Force’s Vice Chief of Staff, told FBC today that the armies are currently taking peace stabilization operations.
Though urban areas are now returning to stability, there are also exchanges of gunfire in rural areas, he said.
Additional soldiers are heading to areas affected by the conflict, he noted.
Colonel Tesfaye finally said that those responsible for the conflict will face justice.