Major security shake-up after cabinet meeting in Mogadishu

Odawaa Yuusuf Raage

Somali Government has reshuffled its security chiefs following a cabinet meeting in Mogadishu.

In its weekly meeting, Somali cabinet has voted in favour of new reshuffle to appoint new commanders of the military, the spy agency as well as police and the custodial corps.

The cabinet has intensively discussed the security of the city and operations to liberate al-Shabaab fighters in the south and central Somalia.

NISA Chief

Following a proposal appointment by the security ministry, the cabinet approved Fahad Yasin, who has been leading Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) as acting to be the agency’s chief.

Fahad who had served as the director of Somali presidential palace before moving to be deputy head of NISA has been leading the spy agency since last August.

During the reign, the agency succeeded to foil al-Shabaab sleeping cells in Mogadishu and recover heaps of weapons.

In July, NISA forces arrested two al-Shabaab assassins on the outskirts of Mogadishu following covert operations by the agency.

Acting public tips off, in cooperation with the police, the agency seized a cache of weapons, including suicide belts, remote detonators, and explosive materials, belonging to al-Shabab outside the city.

SNA operations

The ministers discussed means to rump up operations against al-Shabaab fighters.

According to a statement, the cabinet also approved the promotion of the army’s force commander to the top commander of the military.

Odawa Yussuf Rage has been Somali national Army force commander since last March was endorsed to be SNA chief.

Under command of immediate forces, Somali military backed by troops from African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has recently liberated town and villages in Lower Jubba, Shabelle, and Middle Shabelle regions.

Among the areas area Aw-Dhegle, Sabiid, Barrier and Elsalini.

Odaw will replace Force, Dahir Aden Elmi (Indhaqarshe) to the operations.

Under Siad Barre’s rule, Somalia once possessed a formidable military in the continent.

The SNA has been battling Al-Shabaab for a decade.

New chiefs for Police and custodial corps

The cabinet has dismissed the chiefs of the correctional and law enforcement agencies in efforts to enhance operations of the departments.

The police and custodial corps will be led by Gen Abdi Hassan Mohamed and Gen Mahad Abdirahman Adan respectively.

Both officials will replace Gen. Mohamed who served as deputy SNA chief will Gen Bashir Abdi who has been leading the law enforcement agency for the last one year.

The custodial corps chief Gen Adan has served as the chief of Southwest state.
He will be replacing Gen Bashir Gobe.