Somalia’s PM Roble gives NISA 48 hours to explain Ikran Tahlil’ death

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The Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has given the National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA] 48 hours, starting from on Saturdaynight to explain the controversial death of Ikran Tahlil, a female spy agent whose demise was confirmed on Thursday.

Roble has been under immense pressure to appoint a commission of inquiry to look into the death, which has caused ripples in the Horn of Africa nation. Ikran Tahlil worked as a cyber security expert within the agency.

Speaking a day after the intelligence agency NISA claimed that Ikran was murdered by the militant group Al-Shabaab, Roble said NISA had 48 hours to come clean on the matter which has sparked a national uproar.

The PM pledged that the family of the deceased will get justice. Pressure has been mounting on PM Roble to fire intelligence director Fahad Yasin who has since been accused of a cover-up.

On Friday, the Al-Shabaab group distanced itself from the death. The militants insisted that it had nothing to do with the abduction and subsequent murder of the employee, who disappeared almost three months ago.

Also, the opposition alongside Somalis on social media reacted angrily over the ‘revelation’ by NISA Thursday that Ikran was kidnapped and killed by Alshabaab.

Further, three young men from the same clan as NISA Director-General Fahad Yasin have since been kidnapped in Beletwyene. Sources said among those kidnapped was a fresh graduate from a university in Mogadishu.

Ikran’s mother Qali Muhamad Guhad warned last week that the family’s patience was running out and demanded the release of her daughter within 48 hours.

“Ikran’s family members have been patiently waiting for a response, but their patience is running out. We demand that her abductors release her within the next 48 hours.

She appealed directly to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and begged him to intervene on her behalf. The order from the PM could further cause anxiety in the fragile UN-backed Somalia administration, which has been battling with a myriad of challenges.