The kidnapping of Ethiopian opposition leader Andargachew Tsige at Sana’a international airport in Yemen was carried out entirely by the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and Yemeni intelligence without the knowledge of any one else in Ethiopia, according to Ethiopian Review sources. When Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his spokesperson told the press that they don’t know where Ato Andargachew is, they were not lying. Even though as the prime minister Hailemariam is officially the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the TPLF secret police led by Getachew Assefa and Debretsion Gebremichael did not bother to inform him about the abduction, because they consider him as their donkey, not their boss.
There is also a growing belief that the British intelligence is the one that had provided the TPLF secret police with Ato Andargachew’s itinerary. It is highly unlikely that Yemeni intelligence would kidnap a British passport holder at their international airport without a green-light from the British Government.