Somalia’s Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Mohamud Abdikadir Hilaal confirmed that police at Mogadishu airport arrested Jubbaland security minister, Abdirashid Janan on Saturday.
“Janan is wanted by Interpol for “committed crimes” against the people of Gedo and neighboring zones,” said the Minister on his social media accounts.
The arrest follows strained relations between the Government and Jubbaland over the disputed regional leadership elections which Ahmed Madobe was re-elected on 22nd August for the third term in office.
The government warned that the selection process of the regional assembly members was not in line with the election guidelines as per the federal government.
A Letter from Ahmed Mohamed Islam office on Friday urged the government of President Farmajo and Prime Minister Kheyre to embark on reconciliation efforts to resolve the difference.
President Madobe letter also condemned what it termed as the unnecessary restricts of flights to the interim regional state capital.
Somali aviation authorities directed all international flights mainly from the regional neighboring countries to pass Mogadishu before they continue their journey to Kismayo for clearance.