Police disclosed to neutralize a terrorist act Al-Shabab was going to conduct in Addis Ababa and arrested more than 340 crime suspects just in a month time.
In a statement issued jointly by Addis Ababa Police Commission and Federal Police Commission, it is reported that the arrests are part of the recent law enforcement operation being undertaken by the government that is intended to contain the insecurity prevailing in various parts of the country.
According to the report the suspects were apprehended in Addis Ababa for plotting to destabilize the peace of the city, for involvement in vehicle theft, terrorist attack plots as well on corruption charges.
Over 33 suspects were arrested in association with vehicle theft. The police chiefs said 22 stolen vehicles were retrieved in the last month and over 100 stolen vehicles were recovered over the last year. And for this achievement, they boasted over the recently installed security technology system.
The police further said in the joint statement among the arrested were members of OLA-Shene and Al Shabab who were plotting a terrorist attack inside the capital.
The other arrests were made on corruption charges in Addis Ababa. In the statement, police said it conducted an investigation over suspects who were involved in more than 580 million birr corruption scandal.
It mentioned government officials who were arrested for preparing fraudulent national identification cards. An investigation in a few Woredas (Districts) in Addis Ababa revealed that 47 suspects were caught possessing forfeited IDs, police said in the statement.
In response to questions raised by reporters, police said there are cases where police are allowed to make arrests without a court order. Such cases are when the culprit is caught red-handed. The police denied any allegations that they are apprehending individuals without cause or without procedure.
Police said this law enforcement operation will continue.