Somali National Security and Intelligence Chief Fahad Yassin, who has returned to Mogadishu, responded to Prime Minister Roble’s order to report on the Ikran Tahlil Farah case.
Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said yesterday that he was not satisfied with National Intelligence Security Agencies (NISA) claim that al-Shabaab had killed Ikran, a female NISA member, and demanded that NISA provide a full report on the case within 48 hours.
In a letter to the prime minister, obtained by MTVSomali.com, NISA director Fahad demanded that the national security committee be convened to report back on the matter. The National Security council members include; The President, the Prime Minister, the Commanders of the Armed Forces, the Ministers of Security and Defense, and the Heads of Federal State’s.
The director said in a letter to the Prime Minister, “We are carrying out your order and keeping in mind the sensitive case of Ikran Tahlil, that has become a national issue, fulfilling our national security responsibilities, and understanding that this incident directly and indirectly applies to offices and agencies, We respectfully ask you to allow us to present this report to the entire National Security Council.”
“The National Security and Intelligence Agency has sent a formal request to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia to allow us to convene a meeting of the National Security Council, as he is the chairman of the National Security Council, and the Commander of the Armed Forces,” Fahad said in the letter.
It is not clear why the NISA director Fahad Yasin has refused to provide the report directly to prime minister Roble, but some analysts say, it is possible that it could be a ploy by the NISA chief with other members of the national security committee to seek support, which could push Prime Minister Roble aside.