Somalia sacks intelligence chief over arrests of journalists

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The Somali government has fired its intelligence chief, accused of incompetence and penchant for crackdown on media and other government critics.

Ridwan Abdiwali, Somalia Government spokesman said on Sunday that Abdullahi-Mohamed Sanbalooshe, Somalia’s Intelligence Chief, was replaced by his deputy, Mohamed Abdullahi-Haamud.

He said Mr. Abdiwali was sacked for attacking the media and his inability to carry out his responsibilities properly.

“He is linked to crackdown on government critics, closing two independent radio stations same day, and order the arrest of three journalists,” the spokesman said.

“The intelligence chief had allegedly ordered arrests of journalists, politicians and clan elders who were regarded as critics of the government,’’ he said.

Mr. Abdiwali said journalists were also detained after refusing to obey orders handed down by him not to report on statements issued by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

A security official said on condition of anonymity that “Sanbalooshe has been using excessive power without the full knowledge of top government officials’’.

Analysts said Mr. Sanbalooshe was close ally of President Hassan Mohamud and his sacking might spark infighting within the government. (dpa/NAN).


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  • True Nigerian

    Jonathan, are you reading? Even Somalia’s ghostly leadership is becoming better than the brains in the Abuja villa sustained by billions of petro dollars. How does any serious commander-in-chief go into war with the fat, noisy and loud-mouthed credibility baggage also known as Marilyn Ogar? How can you be fighting a monstrous evil like boko haram without bothering about the credibility of your own Command? How do you go to war with commanders whose words are worthless and totally disbelieved by those they are fighting for? Can’t the President see the danger in the credibility crisis? Only God knows how the brains of Jonathan’s government work? It baffles me!

  • absam777

    Excellent article. I agree with you 100% because Buhari’s inauguration mantra ” I belong to nobody,,,,,,,,,” is myopic and a sign of political ineptitude and weakness.No wonder some people are already saying that the late Idiagbon was the real power and the action man during his dreaded military rule.

    Being a militarician rather than a politician, he must surround himself with serious politicians otherwise he will find himself impeached or threatened with one, by the anti-change members of the NASS. Anything and anyone with the David Mark’s influence is anti-Nigerians.

  • Akanji92

    Thanks for this write-up. Those gloating and condemning assumed Tinubu’s godfather-ism if Lawan and Gbajabiamila had won, unwittingly endorsed the reverse movement back to the PDP years, PDP godfather-ism of the federal legislooters (legislators). Through blackmail Nigerian jumped from PDP’s fry pan to PDP fire.

  • DahYorubaBoy.

    What would you have him do then? He interferes in the Senate, people like you(no offense) will write “write-ups” claiming that he is interfering in a democratic process. And y’all will start calling him a dictator or some other fancy name. I am not happy with bukola saraki, and I agree that he has strange ambitions. I also agree that, to win this election, Buhari had to get in bed with strange bedfellows. But that’s public knowledge. What I simply do not see is how the outcome of the assembly election is (a) Buhari’s direct or indirect fault, (b) a kind of insinuation that the “Change” we expect is negative.
    But what do I know? I’m but a dumb 16yr old.

  • Issei

    This writer confirm my fears about yorubas and what they stands for. So Ade or what ever you call your self,because Tinubu did not succeed in foisting Gbaja and Sen lawal,that is why your talking this rubbish,for your info GMB was a 2 star general in the Nigerian army and by the special grace of God he was a military head of state if you don’t know in military there are chains of commands and the head is always in charge so mentioning Idiagbon because he’s a yoruba man exposes your shallow thinking about democracy,remember what happened in 2011,Tambuwal and remember there are 3 major blocks that constitute present day Apc , cpc, acn,pdp and Rochers okorocha,GMB from cpc,osinbanjo from acn,Bukola ,and Dogara from npdp from your write up it appears you’re not a politician,so casing aspersions on individual or group of individuals will not help you and your sponsor,GMB is a gentle man per excellence,and he’ll bring the desired change Nigerians voted him to bring,as for GMB speech on inauguration day there’s nothing wrong with that,remember in 1999 what Obasanjo said to his backers and financiers,he bluntly says they have lost their investment,and heaven didn’t fall he comfortably lead and wreck havoc on nigeria and Nigerians.and by the way how many votes did the yorubas contributed to GMB presidency? Not upto kano state votes.Nigerians voted for GMB not Bola Tinubu Tinubu