Breaking: Abdullahi Sanbalolshe Appointed Director of Somalia’s Intelligence Agency NISA

Published: April 4, 2024
Abdullahi Mohamed Ali (Sanbalashoe)

In a major shakeup at the top of Somalia’s intelligence apparatus, MP Abdullahi Mohamed Ali, known as “Sanbaloshe,” has been appointed as the new Director of the Somali National Security Agency (NISA).

The appointment came after the resignation of the previous director, Mahad Salad Mohamed, who was handpicked by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud just days after his election in May 2022. Mahad was considered one of the president’s closest political allies.

The Council of Ministers approved Sanbaloshe’s appointment today based on a proposal from the Ministry of Internal Security. A statement from the Office of Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre highlighted Sanbaloshe’s extensive experience, having previously served as Minister, Member of Parliament, Ambassador, and Director of NISA itself on two prior occasions.

“Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Ali has knowledge and experience in national intelligence and security activities, having previously held various positions including Minister, MP, Ambassador and Director of NISA for the third time,” the statement read.

The cabinet extended its gratitude to the outgoing director Mahad Mohamed Salad for his service during his tenure leading the crucial intelligence agency.

Sanbaloshe is a current Member of Parliament in Somalia’s federal government. His appointment signals a significant shift in the leadership of one of Somalia’s most powerful national security bodies.

The shakeup comes at a pivotal time as the country continues to grapple with the threat of al-Shabab militants and strives to stabilize the security situation across its regions. All eyes will be on the new NISA chief’s ability to effectively steer the agency’s intelligence efforts.