Somalia’s president restores rank of top spy dismissed by his predecessor

Abdalla Abdalla

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Tuesday restored the rank and benefits of former deputy spy chief Abdalla Abdalla, who was sacked by his predecessor Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in 2018.

The man was fired from his post following differences with the former president’s right-hand man Fahad Yasin, who was at the time the director of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

Abdalla has since alleged a nexus between Mr Yasin and Al-Shabaab, an armed Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group that continues an insurgency campaign for more than a decade to topple the Western-backed government based in Mogadishu.

Farmajo administration accused the former spy official of working in collusion with the United Arab Emirates, an arch-rival of Qatar that strongly backed the former president’s government.

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