NAIROBI (SD) – The abduction of missing Kenyan scholar Abdiwahab Abdisamad was job orchestrated from the office of Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, the family of the scholar said Sunday.
Abdiwahab’s wife, Halima Mohamed said they had received information that PM Roble was behind the disappearance of the outspoken scholar was a fierce critic of the PM and a vocal supporter of President Mohamed Farmaajo on Twitter.
“Abdiwahab has been missing for four days and we have received information that an order from the office of the Prime Minister [Mohamed] Roble has caused him to be abducted,” Halima Mohamed said. “It is official that the office of the Prime Minister Roble is involved in Abdiwahab’s case. If Abdiwahab is harmed, Roble will take responsibility.”
Abdisamad who also the executive director of the Institute for Horn of Africa Strategic Studies, was last seen in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Abdisamad was accosted by four men along Turbman road in Nairobi’s Central Business District at about 10 am local time and forced into a double cabin pick up on September 8.
The circumstances surrounding the kidnap of the outspoken scholar remain unclear, Abdisamad was known for his support on Twitter of Somali president Mohamed Farmaajo.
In his last tweet before he was kidnapped, Abdisamad lashed out at the appointment of General Bashi Gobe by PM Mohamed Roble as NISA director terming Gobe a ‘rearguard’ for the UK and EU in Somalia.
The National Transport and Safety Agency (NTSA) said the registration number of the vehicle Abdisamad was bundled into was fake noting it did not exist in its records.