EDITORIAL: NISA owes spy agent household an clarification
EDITORIAL | Somalia was once more listening to the grotesque story of Agent Ikran Tahlil Farah, the bubbly workers member of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA). Her employer claimed that she fell into the palms of the militant al-Shabaab group and captured and killed her.
Perhaps this was meant to shut one among the nation’s most controversial sagas. But that solely served to open up new questions. First, NISA’s affirmation that she was killed was not adopted by the place the physique is or when she was truly killed.
Instead, the spy company mentioned it will prosecute the killers to avenge the homicide of one among their brokers.
The household’s response confirmed that NISA can have solely reopened an outdated wound, slightly than closing it. Her mom, Qali Mohamoud Guhad was furious, rejecting the model that Al-Shabaab killed her daughter. She claimed that Agent Ikran one fateful day met a senior commander within the ranks of the NISA. The id of the commander just isn’t identified. But it indicated a sinister cover-up.
NISA needs to be conscious that its fame and function in society might doubtlessly be broken if brokers tried to cowl themselves up. Ikram has at all times been a devoted worker and maybe she knew al-Shabaab may very well be a part of the dangers to her job. This is why the NISA should examine and current the household with proof that the militant group did certainly finish their life.
Amid the chaos, nonetheless, questions emerge as as to whether there had been any variations between the company’s brokers. If readability would not come quickly, there’s a danger that NISA shall be seen as a company physique the place teammates usually activate one another. It is subsequently within the pursuits of NISA and the Somali Federal Government that this matter be laid naked for closure.
We counsel a public inquiry the place officers testify below oath to what they know. NISA, which is at the guts of Somali safety companies, is aware of that mismanagement of this case might have two unfavorable penalties. One is that it may very well be likened to different customized dictatorship groups throughout Africa which were used to nip troublemakers within the bud, for the advantage of the rulers.
It may also make NISA much less enticing to expert younger males and ladies who may wish to add one thing to rebuilding the nation’s safety establishments.
For now, NISA owes Ms. Guhad and the complete household an clarification. If she did meet an company commander on a fateful day, we want to know if she was endangered instantly after or throughout the assembly. We must know if penalties will come for many who participated within the homicide. We additionally must know the long run safety ensures to be put in place for the officers of the NISA.
It could also be true that NISA addresses dangers daily in its work. But the company has lately been linked with political hijackings slightly than safety espionage. Politicians had complained earlier that the company’s boss, Fahad Yassin, had turn into a device for the sitting president to get his opponents in form.
He has turn into related to impunity, stopping politicians from legally leaving Mogadishu, illegally detaining suspects and harassing these seen as obstacles.
We’re not demanding the disclosure of state secrets and techniques, however NISA’s clarification to the household may allay some anger. It is also the beginning of the company’s personal transparency reform.