Alert: Heightened security during 26th AU Summit – Residence check
We have been notified that during the time of the AU Summit, 21-31 January 2016, the Community Policing Department of the Addis Ababa City Police has been ordered to systematically check guest-houses and rental homes for unregistered foreigners. They are going from house to house to prevent security incidents during the AU summit.
There is a risk that criminals may try to take advantage of this security measure to fake such a security check by pretending to be police and demanding access to private residences with the motive to commit a burglary/robbery.
- Instruct your guards not to allow anyone in if you are not at home! Unless the police officers present a valid court order, guards shall ask them to come back later and refrain from sharing any private information about the residents.
- All City Police officers have been instructed NOT to enter the residences or compounds. Hence, you do not have to invite them inside. If a policeman insists to enter, there is a high chance the person is trying to trick you.
- City Police usually do not carry firearms during daytime duty. They might be armed at night. But they always wear a baton. All City Police officers have the Addis Ababa badge on their blue shirts and have to carry an ID card that you can request to see.
- If an authorized City Police officer asks you to identify yourself, present your national ID. International staff do NOT have to present their duty passports.
- If you have reason to believe that the police officers at your gate are not authorized City Police officers, do not open. If they are fake, they will quickly leave.
Please not hesitate to contact the Embassy or ENLBA for questions regarding your security.