Dozens of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighters have been detained for a month in Degahbur and Jijiga. The arrested members are members of the ONLF Central Committee and Executive Committee and no reason has been given for their arrest.
The ONLF is under siege due to the state of emergency imposed by the Ethiopian government and is unable to take any political action. therefore the ONLF has not been able to speak to its senior members who have been detained during the state of emergency.
This was reported by the President of the Somali Regional State Mustafa Cagjar during the Djibouti Institute of Policy Studies conference held in Djibouti on December 13-15. Mustafa made it clear to the media that he had arrested opposition party officials which he said was his personal responsibility and without the knowledge of the government. The president did not say why he had arrested opposition party members.
Responding to a question at the Heritage institute policy studies conference, Mustafe Cagjar said, “The Ethiopian government will soon release Oromo prisoners, including the leaders of the Oromo Federalist Congress.”
Mustafe Cagjar also told Heritage in Somali that when the prisoners were released, each ethnic group would be sent to find a peaceful solution, which he said would eliminate TPLF terrorist group.
Mustafe Cagjar did not say when he would release prisoners from opposition parties in the Somali region. the regional administrations misused the emergency rule imposed by the federal government on the country.