Ethiopia arrests 5 S. Sudanese, seizes 300,000 SSP, illegal firearms in Gambella
The Ethiopian government has arrested five suspects accused of illegally smuggling more than 300,000 South Sudanese pounds, PKM machine guns and rounds of ammunition in Gambella, a town bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan.
According to Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, “the five suspects were arrested while smuggling foreign money and weapons from neighboring South Sudan.”
The incident was also confirmed by Gambella’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Tut Khor. “The five suspects were arrested three days ago in the Gambella region, and are in police custody before they are brought before the court as soon as their investigation is finalized.”
South Sudan and Ethiopia have porous border points that make it easy for criminal groups to smuggle firearms and illicit money used to fund illegal activities in the region.
Last week, the two neighboring countries inked an agreement aimed at curbing cross-border criminals activities in the region.
The cooperation agreement was signed by the Ethiopian Chief of General Staff, General Birhanu Jula and his South Sudanese counterpart Gen. Johnson Juma Okot in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.