Fahad Yasin assumes advisory roles at Villa Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The immediate former National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA] boss Fahad Yasin has assumed roles as the National Security Advisor to outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, amid an ongoing row over the death of Ikran Tahlil, a former NISA agent.
In a confirmation, Farmaajo's communication director Abdirashid Hashi said the embattled former NISA boss assumed the roles on Sunday, ending speculations about his future, even as the family of Ikran Tahlil accuses him of planning and executing the death.
"National Security Adviser to President Mohamed Farmaajo, Fahad Yasin has today taken over his duties following a recent appointment. Fahad thanked President Farmaajo for the role while promising to serve the nation with continued dedication and patriotism to enhance security," he said.
Yasin now takes over as National Security Adviser from Abdisaid Muse Ali, the current chief of staff at Vila Somalia in a brief ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Sunday attended by the commanders o security chiefs, according to the deputy commissioner for security and politics of Benadir region Ali Yare Ali.
Fahad Yassin takes over the crucial role amid political tension between outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.
The feud started with the death of the NISA agent, Ikran Tahlil, which prompted the Prime Minister to sack Fahad as he was deemed as the prime suspect in Ikran’s murder, a move that was opposed by Farmaajo and intensified to a point when Farmajo reduced the powers of the Prime Minister.
Ikran Tahlil's family has sued Fahad Yasin and three others over the death, arguing that he was in contact with her before her abduction and subsequent death. While Farmaajo wants a Commission of Inquiry to deal with the case, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble wants the military court to handle the matter.
Yasin was sacked by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who replaced him with Lieutenant General Bashir Mohamed Jama alias Goobe, but against the wishes of Farmaajo. The case has sharply divided Somalia's executive.