ADDIS ABABA – The Federal Police Commission on Sunday said they have arrested three suspects who tried to secure the release of a pile of metal bars using fake documents.
A police investigation, started after a tip-off from the public, led to a seizure of illegally stockpiled metal bars worth multi-billion birr in 17 warehouses late last month.
The case has been an ongoing investigation by the police who said the act was aimed at inflicting “heavy casualties” on the country’s economy.
Police said they have busted a plot to secure the release of the metal bars from one of the warehouses in Addis Ababa this week.
In a statement today, the Commission said the three suspects approached officers guarding the warehouse with a fake letter prepared under the name of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) to secure the release of the metal bars and take them away.
The suspects apprehended along with four Sino Trucks and a crane which they planned to use to transport the metal bars, on the spot, it says.
Police also seized a 500, 000 birr check ready to be given as bribe for the officers guarding the warehouse as well as a 25 million birr check prepared for other security members.
The statement identified the trio as Kebede Hagos, Demelash Admas and Dagmawit Mesfin.
They have been working with an unnamed person who they said resides in the United States
Police seized illegally stockpiled metal bars worth “multi-billion birr from 17 warehouses located in Addis Ababa City and Oromia regional state after conducting a major operation based on several tips obtained from the public.