Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo retracts suspension of top spy chief

President Farmajo and PM Roble differ publicly for the second time [Image: @presidentaabdullahifarmajo]
Somalia—President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Monday overturned the suspension of a top spy chief hours after the country’s prime minister Hussein Roble ordered his dismissal.

The Spy chief, known as Mr. Fahad Yassin, a former Al-Jazeera journalist had been suspended for mishandling the disappearance of a spy agent who the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) later announced had been murdered by Al-Shabab.

However, in a statement yesterday, Farmaajo canceled the PM’s order and reinstated Mr. Yassin, who had already been replaced by his deputy Bahir Mohammed Jama alias Bashir Gobe.

“In reference to the prime minister’s notice XRW/314/9/2021 which suspends the NISA director from his position and appoints an interim director for the agency. President Farmaajo considers such a move against the law and the provisional constitution,” Farmaajo’s official residence said.

The disagreement between President Farmaajo and PM Roble is cored on a report released by NISA on the kidnapping and killing of its agent, Ms. Ikram Tahlil Farah, allegedly by Al-Shabab militants.

The Al-Shabab went on and released a statement through its media outlets in which the jihadist group distanced itself from the kidnapping and killing of Ms. Farah.

On Saturday, PM Roble, expressed dissatisfaction with NISA’s findings that she fell into the hands of Al-Shabab and asked the spy agency to deliver to his office a full report on the case of Ms. Farah within 48 hours.

“NISA is hereby instructed to present its report on the case to the meeting of the National Security Council when it is convened,” Farmaajo then stated.

This is the second time in a month that Roble and the president have publicly differed. In August, Roble defied Farmaajo’s decree banning any government agreements with foreign entities until after elections.