Three journalists arrested in Somalia’s Southwest State
The Somali-Canadian military colonel replaces Abbas Yaqub, a close ally of former NISA director Fahad Yasin who was fired last year by PM Roble for his role in a high-profile assassination of Ikran Tahlil Farah.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is not new to the presidency. He ruled the country between 2012 and 2017 and regained power from his successor Farmajo after emerging as the winner of the May 15 election.
NISA has been a tool for the former immediate president Farmajo to silence his critics and the independent media houses in Mogadishu.
He is also considered one of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's closest political allies. Salad will lead the US-funded National Intelligence and Security Agency [NISA].
A UN report revealed that the youths recruited by Fahad and lured with fake work in Qatar were killed in the Tigray conflict last year while fighting along with Ethiopian and Eritrea forces against the TPLF rebels.
Tan iyo markii lasoo xiray 2018, Roobow ayaa loo diiday in qoyskiisa iyo eheladiisa ay kusoo booqdaan Xabsi guriga uu ku jiro oo NISA maamusho.
It was hours ago when the interim speaker of the parliament said that they were attacked at a hotel at the airport, where the newly elected members of parliament were being sworn in in Elwak.
Both Yasin Farey, who replaced Fahad after he was dismissed by PM Roble in September last year over the murder case and Abdullahi Kulane has joined the new parliament to escape from prosecution.
In a statement, the supreme court announced it has no jurisdiction over complaints from administrative election decisions related to the Indirect Elections in the country which are based on political agreement.
Fahad, who is now the outgoing president’s national security advisor, filed a lawsuit in court early this month after the election body FEIT nullified his election victory over what it termed irregularities.
African officials have demanded the removal of two intelligence agencies inside the Halane compound due to security concerns raised by the intelligence chiefs in Halane.
The sources add that the attackers were former Al-Shabaab defectors, including two who surrendered to the government in 2016, one year prior to Farmajo’s election, and the two others who gave up last year.