Djibouti denies detaining Somali President’s Adviser

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Djibouti has denied that it detained the Somali President’s national security adviser and ex-spy chief, describing the allegation as “fake news.”

Earlier the Somali President’s Director of Communications, Abdirashid Hashi, shared a statement on Twitter which said Fahad Yasin had been unlawfully held; ”Federal Republic of Somalia condemns unlawful detention of national security adviser to H.E @M_Farmaajo by Djiboutian authority at Djibouti airport. Such acts will not help strengthen our bilateral relations.

”Federal Republic of Somalia condemns unlawful detention of national security adviser to H.E @M_Farmaajo by Djiboutian authority at Djibouti airport. Such acts will not help strengthen our bilateral relations.”

Mr Yasin was suspended from his post as Director of the National Intelligence Service Agency (Nisa) by Prime Minister Mohammed Roble last week, after failing to provide a satisfactory report on the mysterious disappearance of intelligence agent Ikran Farah.

President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” then stepped in and appointed someone other than Mr Roble’s choice to head Nisa, and gave Fahad Yasin a job as his security adviser.

The row between the President and Prime Minister further escalated on Thursday night after the President suspended the executive powers of the PM, a move swiftly rejected by the premier as “unlawful.”

 

 

BBC/Mercy Chukwudiebere

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