- Gen. Fadal: ‘Police already expanded dragnet for people believed to be behind spreading rumors through media to incite hatred & violence by fracturing Somaliland public’
By: Mahmoud Qodah
Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – security of all Somaliland cities and particularly regional headquarters have been beefed up, after divisions of special police forces confirmed to be deployed by police forces, who already expanded their dragnet for people believed to be behind spreading rumors and baseless information that might lead the incitement to violence in the country that might possibly intended to divide and fracture Somaliland public and their unity.
Police Commander brigadier General Abdilahi Fadal Iman and the Spokesman of Police army Hassan Hees Elimi announced this at a press conference held Monday at Somaliland Police Headquarters.
Police officials likewise added that the aim of their security related operations is a normal one which is only intended to heighten the security, so as security of the country remains in its highest level.
Police Commander also warned political parties’ supporters over spreading harmful and hate speeches among the public through mass media and particularly through social media (Facebook). He emphasized that such speeches might threaten the security of the country. In his warnings, General Fadal stressed that any of those people found guilty of security threatening acts will face tougher legal actions.
He expressed his concern on calls by some political supporters whom he said were hyping up negative issues and parochial politics, and urged political rival supporters to ensure that peace and stability reigned and to avoid anything that is inciting hatred and division among public.
“It is the main responsibility of the police to always beef up security. Special groups of police forces already started their pursuit for people suspected of committing crimes, regardless of their support to a specific political party, as police is only concerned by any acts that might threaten the security of this nation. It is for task of police armies to safeguard and maintain the peace and stability. As such anyone believed to be involved in hate speech in order to divide Somaliland public and its unity, regardless of which political party they support, are the focus of an intensive search.”
Spokesman of Police Forces Feisal Hees Elmi on his side vowed that security forces will remain mobilized in order to keep maintaining the security. He also appealed to Somaliland people to carry on their traditional and longtime existing cooperation and friendship that they have with police.
“Police and especial security vehicles are placed on high alert, as they will be part of normal security related operations which will be conducted all across Somaliland regions and mainly regional headquarters” Mr. Hees added, “Such operations are only aimed at keeping country’s security remains its utmost level. About 200 people suspected of involving in burglaries and other criminal offences were already in the hands of security forces, as they were transferred to prisons and particularly to Hargeisa’s central prison,”
Following security forces’ warnings, all Somaliland’s three national political parties (KULMIYE, UCID and WADANI) warmly endorsed those warnings issued by the police, as parties generally urged people and their supporters in particular to avoid from involving in anything that might threaten the security of the country.