Somalia’s Intelligence Agency Chief Fires Over 1000 Intelligence Personnel
Somalia’s Intelligence Agency chief has fired 1,500 intelligence staff on Sunday, in a new shakeup of the Intelligence agency following intensified attacks by Al Shabaab group in the capital of Mogadishu. Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) chief General Abdullahi Gafow said that the officers were sacked over incompetence to perform their duties, and will carry out major reforms to the agency to bring more competent officers to counter insurgency in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud also has officially replaced Abdi Hakim Fareey with Mohamed Hassan Farah as the new head of NISA in Banadir region, through a presidential decree, yesterday. The move came amid suicide car bombing that struck a restaurant near prison run by NISA in the capital Mogadishu, killing 3 people and wounding others, on Saturday. Al Qaida linked Al Shabaab militants group have earlier vowed to disrupt the upcoming country’s elections set to conclude in November 30. General Gafow, former Director of the Somali Immigration & Naturalization Department was officially appointed as the new chief of NISA in June 2016.