Former head of Ethiopia’s military-run METEC was arrested on Ethiopia-Sudan border

Brigadier General Kinfe Dagnew, a former Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopia’s army-backed business conglomerate, Metal and Engineering Corporation, MetEC, has been flown to Addis Ababa after his arrest on Monday.

Footage shared by state affiliated Fana broadcasting corporate said he had been arrested whiles he tried to cross in Sudan from the Tigray regional state’s town of Humera.

“Brigadier-General Kinfe Dagnew, a suspect in the case, was apprehended around Humera,” an Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation announcement said.

Dagnew is seen surrounded by border officials, police and military personnel at the border post. He arrived via a helicopter to Addis Ababa where he is expected to be charged with offences relating to corruption during his time at MetEC.

Although there are reports that there was no arrest warrant specifically in his name, video footage of his arrival in Addis Ababa showed that he had been handcuffed and was under heavy security guard.

Another security chief under detention is Tekleberhan Woldearegay, former head of the Information Network Security Agency, INSA, the erstwhile feared intelligence wing of the country’s security setup.

The arrests come a day after Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye disclosed instances of corruption in the financial dealings of MetEC and gross human rights abuse by INSA officials. Over sixty ex-officials of both agencies have since been detained.