MOGADISHU, Somalia- A former security minister in the regional Jubbaland state of Somalia , Abdirashid Hassan Nur known as Abdirashid Janan, who was detained by the central Somali government in Mogadishu, has escaped, Police said.
“Former Jubbaland security minister Abdirashid Hasan Janan, who was accused for human rights violations, has this morning escaped from the government custody, the security agencies are in search for him and seeking for re-arrest and request the Somali public to help should they see him.” Zakia Hussen, deputy police chief said in twitter.
Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, a federal lawmaker, accused the government for trying to assassinate the Abdirashid Jana by claiming that he escaped from government custody might raise serious questions.” Ahmed Moalim Fiqi said on Facebook post.
Local media reports said that Abdirashid Janan was taken from the Prison to undisclosed location, where the media said he was being treated.
This is not the first time inmates escaped reportedly to have escaped from government prison. On January 8, 2020, Somali government said that Al Shabab inmates escaped from Mogadishu central Jail. This however highlights how corruption is widespread among the Somali security sector.