Ethiopian Somali Region “Liyu” Police: The Savior of Its People and Beyond
The Ethiopian Somali Region special force, commonly known as Liyu police, was established in 2008 in accordance to police proclamation that emanate from the national constitution of the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia (FDRE).
One of the important mandates of this force is to defend and secure the people of the region and their belongings from both internal and external threats aimed at destabilizing the long-standing conflicts that hindered the region’s progress to lag behind other regions of the country for decades.
This force was born from atrocities subjected upon to the innocent civilians (tortures, rapes, kidnappings, and killings by the ONLF).
They are indeed from the people and for the people of the Somali region, to protect the honor and dignity of their own people and the overall Security shortcommings of the region and the nation at large. This force’s primary mandate is to protect the people of the region to secure from the aged conflict in the region. What makes this force unique is that it is not a kind of tribal militia randomly selected from any specific clan or sub-clan of the region. Rather a holistic and responsible governmental force well screened, registered and recruited at a grassroots level from kebeles and woredas and trained with all necessary standards in accordance with Ethiopia’s military training package armed with modern military equipment. Besides being regional state special forces; they are part and parcel of Ethiopian arms.
As a matter of fact, when it’s necessary, Ethiopian Somali region special force can be used as an alternative options to take part in any security operations in other parts of the country as well as in other continental missions such as being part of Ethiopian troops in AMISON
peacekeeping mission inside the Somalia republic.
The Somali region special force is strong
force and highly trained to fight against terrorist groups in the horn of Africa like al-shabab (al-qushash) and has an excellence success record against al-shabab inside Somalia in several occasions.
On the other hand, this special force (Liyu Police) is highly respected by the people of the region on their kindness and helpful manner towards their people, and they have indeed became solutions of many long-standing security issues in the volatile horn of Africa region.