Somalia Gov’t Warns Traders Against Complying With Alshabaab Orders
Somali Security Ministry on Tuesday warned traders not comply with orders that Alshabaab issues to them.
Speaking to the media in Mogadishu, spokesman of the Internal Security Ministry Abdiaziz Ali Ibrahim said Mogadishu is under the control of the government.
“We can’t accept the traders to comply with orders of Alshabaab while the security of Mogadishu is in the hands of the federal government’s security forces” said Mr. Ibrahim.
“The Ministry of Internal security warns the owners of football pitches in Mogadishu not to comply with the stories that were shared by people and private media houses in the last week” he said.
Mr. Ibrahim said that anyone found sending money to Alshabaab will be prosecuted.
“There are investigations going on and any party that is found to have sent money to them through mobile money transfer, money remittance companies or banks, they will be taken before the military court” said Mr. Ibrahim.
“We are warning traders and private companies not comply with threats from the gangs we have mentioned” he added.
On Monday, the Ministry has warned football pitch owners in Mogadishu against adhering to an order issued by Alshabaab in the past week saying they should close the pitches.