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Security Ministry issues 30 day ultimatum to unregistered gun holders in Somalia

Storyline:National News, Security

The ministry of internal security has ordered all unregistered gun holders to register with the government within 30 days failure to which action will be instituted against them.

In a raft of measures aimed at curbing run away insecurity in Mogadishu, Internal security spokesman Abdikamil Moalim Shukri announced Monday his ministry will also form a committee to verify all gun holders and validity of their licenses.

“All gun holders whether public or private, radio stations, TV stations, hotels or companies which have not registered their guns must do so within the next 30 days,” said Shukri.

Shukri also ordered all organisations intending to conduct trainings or any form of public gatherings to seek permits from the police.


The announcement follows the restructuring of the security operations in the country which has seen the Mogadishu police tasked with security of the city which was initially under the auspices of the National Intelligence Agency, NISA.

Shukri also announced the city police will be in charge of the Liddo-X-Control road which stretches from the city’s main beach, Liddo to about ten kilometres south of Mogadishu.

NISA on the other hand will be moved outside the central business district and will be based in 30th Street, Wadnaha and Industrial Roads. Shukri noted that both agencies will be accountable for the security of the respective areas.


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said Saturday the restructuring of the security arrangement of the city was aimed at enhancing effective security management and called on city residents to cooperate with the police and authorities to ensure peace and safety.

The development comes following several security lapses in the recent weeks which have seen the city witness three major terror attacks since January and a string of killings.

Intelligence Chief General Abdirahman Tuuryare was Saturday grilled by parliament with concerns that his capacity to handle the country’s intelligence assignment was wanting.

The spokesman also said all the security checkpoints in the city will be manned by the city police.