Monday, September 17, 2018

Somalia - Has NISA been infiltrated by Al-Shabaab?

The Indian Ocean Newsletter has obtained a copy of a confidential memo dated 10 September addressed to the United Nations
which in eleven points asserts that Somalia’s National Intelligence Security Agency (NISA) ‘has come under the control of groups of individuals who have links to Al-Shabaab’.

Originally back in 2014, NISA’s deputy director, Fahad Yasin Haji Dahir, and then its director, Hussein Osman Hussein, in 2015 were investigated by their own services over their suspected links with Al-Shabaab. In 2016, it was the turn of independent UN experts to investigate Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre and then in 2017 NISA’s chief for the region of Banadir, Sadak John, was placed
under Western surveillance. That same year, one of the deputy directors of NISA, Abdalla Abdalla, was ejected from the agency after revealing that his superior, Hussein Osma, and Fahad Yasin had ties to Al-Shabaab. The agency’s former military head Mukhtar Robow, known as Abu Mansur, resides at NISA headquarters  and contributes to NISA’s strategy. When the Upper House requested the protection of AMISOM (mission of the African Union in Somalia), NISA advised President
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo to oppose the initiative.
Fahad Yasin, who is the subject of an investigation in Kenya, is also reported to have paid $1.8 million to Abdirahim Mohamed Warsame, aka Warsame Karate, to ensure that Al-Shabaab did not perpetrate attacks during Ramadan. According to the memo, Fahad Yasin has also dismantled NISA’s
counter-terrorism unit on the grounds that it collaborated with foreign agencies and he has replaced its personnel with defectors from Al-Shabaab. Fahad Yasin, himself a former member of the Wahhabi movement Al-Ittihad al-Islami, has close ties to Qatar. If all these accusations turn to be true,  Farmajo, who has performed a spectacular U-turn by cosying up to the United Arab Emirates , will
not be able to keep him in post for much longer…
(The Indian Ocean News letter)