Suspected Firearms Trafficker Arrested in Addis

ADDIS ABABA – A man was caught red-handed in Addis Ababa while trafficking illegal firearms on Saturday, the city police said.

The suspect was captured at Addis Ketema bus station while trying to load firearms onto a bus scheduled to leave for Gojjam.

Police say they managed to intercept three different types of firearms hidden in a wood-made box with the help of workers at the bus station.

Ethiopia’s Gun Law, ratified in 2020, prohibits the possession of weapons without a valid license and outlaws the selling and transferring of any weapon.

Illegal bulk sale of weapons is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment under this law.

The suspect who was arrested on Saturday told the police that he brought the arms to the capital from southern Ethiopia.

The arrest was made as the police in the capital stepped up their crackdown on illicit firearms possessions. At least 11 illegal firearms holders were arrested in the last week of November as part of the crackdown.

At the same time, the Addis Ababa Police also recovered a total of 16 hand grenades and 9 pistols along with 84 bullets.

The Addis Ababa Police on Saturday called the tip-off from the public in illicit firearm trafficking and possession as key and urged for the support to continue.