Somalia’s Embattled National Security Advisor Makes Surprise Return to Capital

Fahad Yasin

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s embattled national security advisor Fahad Yasin on Tuesday made a surprise return from Turkey to the capital Mogadishu onboard a private plane, days after the federal government had ordered commercial airlines not to bring him home due to alleged mobilization of forces against the administration and compromise in the security of Adan Adde airport.

Supporters of the current acting president hailed his arrival as a monumental leap and an important step for progress in the security of the capital, arguing that the man had done more to improve the city’s security before he was removed by the Prime Minister this month over alleged involvement in the murder of a female intelligence officer.

The deputy governor of Banadir region for security, Ali Yare, told media that Yasin’s return to Mogadishu was a “joyful moment” for them and said security tight had been introduced around the airport before his plane landed.

On Friday, Turkish Airlines flight carrying Yasin was refused to land at Mogadishu’s Adan Adde airport and rerouted to Djibouti, where he was detained hours later by Djiboutian authorities, in what Somali president’s spokesman said was a violation of international law. Djibouti, however, denied it had arrested the former Somali spy chief, who is currently serving as the president’s security advisor.

The family of slain female spy Ikran Tahlil filed a case against the ex-spy boss and three of his close associates and asked the country’s military court to issue an arrest warrant for all those involved in the murder.

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