MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – The former leader of Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State who was recently forced to resign has been put under house arrest in Addis-Ababa town.
Ethiopian army took over the security of the volatile eastern Somali region after riot over the weekend left an unknown number of civilians dead and thousands displaced.
Abdi Mohamoud Omar was arrested and flown to the capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.
“Officials from the Somali region in Ethiopia have confirmed to us reports of the arrest of Abdi Mohamoud Omar,” ESTV reported.
Mr. Omar was seen arriving at the Bole International Airport aboard a yellow military helicopter.
BBC Somali Service quoting sources said Omar was placed under house arrest for unspecified reasons.
Sources said Mr. Omar last week defied a directed by the federal government to be summoned.
The army and the federal police were then ordered to enter the region to intervene in the situation.
Mr. Omar was replaced by his finance minister Mr. Ahmed Abdi Mohammed.