Jail Ogaden, officially known as Jijiga central prison was closed down last year following allegations that inmates were being tortured.
The ex-boss of the prison, Hassan Ismail Ibrahim, was arrested in Somalia last week after he fled the country following the allegations.
Prisoners of the jail were often members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which is a rebel separatist organization fighting for human rights for Somalis in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. However, the group signed a peace treaty with Ethiopia’s current Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, since his election in April 2018 he has promised to reform prison centre like Maekelawi detention centre in Addis Ababa, and Jijiga central prison sites that are notorious for torture and abuse.
After his acknowledgement of the abuse, which in itself is a rare admission the two prisons mentioned previously were closed down and it has been said that they will turn in museums to honour the people who were abused and murdered here.
Former prisoners were interviewed by Human Rights Watch the prisoners tell horrific tales of the rape, torture, and murder that happened every day in the prison under the administration of Hassan Ismail Ibrahim.
Mustafa Omer, the president of Ethiopia’s Somali said that he was actively pursuing the people responsible for the torture.