Somalia’s Police Force boss Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijar has sacked the commander of Banadir, Sadiq Omar Hassan after he had ordered police officers to block a parliamentary session on Monday.
It is alleged that after learning that MPs would sit for an emergency session on Monday, he ordered his troops to blockade areas around parliament buildings known as Villa Hargeisa in Mogadishu.
The local police chief is said to have argued that the legislators’ mandate had expired.
Gen. Sadiq was leader of the police unit in charge of the largest metropolis in Somalia comprising the capital Mogadishu and its environs.
The sacking letter indicated that Mr Sadiq acted against police procedures by ‘issuing controversial orders sending a word of warning to the Lower House of the Parliament against conducting its business.’
On Sunday night, the leadership of the Lower House circulated text messages to the legislators to attend a session whose main agenda was to discuss elections in Somalia.
Before the session started, Mr Sadiq deployed units of police officers at the entrance of Villa Hargeisa, the temporary seat of the House.
Afterwards, he talked to UniversalTV, an independent broadcaster, addressing different issues including his orders to tell the MPs to stop meetings and seek re-election.
“The term of the parliament has expired. Thus, the MPs have no more mandate to meet,” he told the media.
He said that Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble should lead the discussions on election.
Gen. Hijar appointed General Farhan Farole, the former commander of Haram’ad Police Unit, as a new commander.
Some of the opposition presidential candidates including former presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire have praised Gen. Sadiq for his courage.