One person died and six others were left injured in a violent protest in the port town of Bossaso on Monday, the commercial hub of Somalia’s autonomous state of Puntland.
Bari province governor Yusuf Mohamed Dhedo told reporters that the situation of the town is now calm and accused former governor – Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan – to have masterminded the protest.
Following the protest, Puntland Security forces raided the home of Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan as they sought to arrest the former Bari governor.
Mr Gallan who was sacked in May 2015 by Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali managed to escape from the forces before they arrived, officials confirmed.
‘’The operation to arrest him is still going on and we will catch him soon,’’ insisted Yusuf Dhedo, Bari governor.
Abdisamad Gallan, a former school principle, came into politics in 2011 after being appointed by Ex-Puntland President Abdirahman Farole as the governor of Bari province. In 2013, a secret-audio recording made in his office was heard him demanding for $20,000 bribe.
Located in North-eastern Somalia on the Gulf of Aden coast, Bosaso is the third largest city in the country and it is the economic heart of autonomous state of Puntland with a major seaport.
Published: February 1, 2016