Somali Police Arrest 2 Lovers Over Steamy Facebook Messages

In a stunning development that has shocked thousands of Somalis in Mogadishu and around the world, Somali police on Monday arrested two people after discovering explicit, private love messages in their Facebook inboxes, officials confirmed today.

How the Somali police hacked into the Facebook accounts of the two lovers, and even more puzzling, how one journalist who was later arrested, got caught up in the mystery, only God knows.

facebook-messagesThe Committee for the Promotion of Somaliness and Prevention of Qurbajoog, a special unit formed within the Mogadishu police department, has been monitoring Canbaro Moogaay (“Clueless”)’s Facebook account for the past two weeks, and after gathering enough evidence, arrested Moogaay and her lover Xariif Bootaale, said head of the committee Sheikh Ali Karbaashe (“Kick-Ass”).

The two were regarded as a threat to the “communal harmony and the very essence of Somaliness,” he said.

Mogadishu Police Chief Maxamed Garweyne said the police department was responding to “massive chatter” about clandestine Facebook love between two Mogadishu lovers on the scale of the Somali legendary lovers Hodan Cabdulle Walanwal and Cilmi Boodheri.

He finally arrested Moogaay and Bootaale, originally from Minneapolis and London respectively, amid concerns that the fame they were getting could disrupt the relative peace in the capital.

The lovebirds were taken into custody for repeatedly violating the police prohibition against “engaging in Facebook love,” the police chief said.

“Moogaay and Bootaale’s love affair is becoming extremely dangerous to the community,” Garweyne told Sahan Journal. “We have found some troubling messages in their inboxes. The guy asked the young woman the color of her knickers. That’s beyond ridiculous.”

Karbaashe said he takes special delight in tormenting the misguided Qurbajoogs, or the Somali diaspora, who have returned to Mogadishu to partake of the booming trade, amongst other goodies.

These lot have recently been in the news for frolicking in the newly liberated pristine Lido Beach and behaving in scandalous “un-Somali” ways such as free mixing of the sexes and uncovering what God intended to be concealed.

Karbaashe, a tech-savvy officer with masters of information technology from MIT and some 50,000 followers on his twitter handle, @ihave1000_eyes, said he will continue his campaign targeting Qurbajoogs who “have relocated with their indecency to Mogadishu.”

The love story between Moogaay and Bootaale came to light after Shabelle Radio’s intrepid journalist Libaax Sankataabte aired an interview with the two lovers in a radio call-in session and had several love songs of famous singers Farxiya Fiska and Nimco Dareen dedicated to the lovebirds by members of the public.

In the live program, the lovers described how they have been exchanging sweet love messages via Facebook since they met at the Village Restaurant in Mogadishu on a warm Friday evening.

Sankataabte was later arrested for broadcasting the licentious interview which was deemed contrary to “public decency,” according to Media Advisory Council Chairman Ahmed Ilkadheere (“Buck Teeth”).

Police chief Garweyne showed Sahan Journal two Facebook messages, found in Bootaale’s iPhone, which were addressed to “My one and only” and signed “Moogaay.”

Macaane (sweetie), the love I have for you is deeper and wider than the seven seas and the seven oceans,” one of the messages reads.

“The mere thought of you makes my heart go dhag dhag dhag like Fiska’s song. Your gacaliso, Moogaay.”

The arrest comes two weeks after dozens of football fans were arrested in Mogadishu’s Wadajir neighborhood for predicting which team would win the English Premier League.

The Committee for the Promotion of Somaliness and Prevention of Qurbajoog considers predicting the outcome of football matches a form of gambling, a crime punishable by 15 lashes in the country’s penal code.


Like our page at or follow us at to get more stories like this.

  • Bashir

    Am I dreaming or reading a real thing? “Prevention of Qurbajoog” department in the police? this is crazy.

  • Mohamed Jamasson

    today the National Security Director died almost in a suicide attack and here they are hacking some youngsters facebook account,some body really needs to prioritize #securityfirst #NSA

  • Ishta Nandi

    His Twitter handle is ” @ihave1000_eyes?” Now there’s something ridiculous! I mean what is he, Javert in Les Miserables?

  • Rufaa

    This is a hoax I presume, a Mogadishu police officer frrom MIT with outstanding IT qualifications? Again hacking into private messages of people…something absolutely out of this world. What time do they get to do that stuff when they are faced with some of the most complicated security challenges in the world? What peace there?”He finally arrested Moogaay and Bootaale, originally from Minneapolis and London respectively, amid concerns that the fame they were getting could disrupt the relative peace in the capital.” Lol! An April Fools Day hoax? But we have some 12 days to go..

  • Guudle

    I think this is an early April fools joke!

  • Khader Mohamed

    The locals are more ahead than the gurbajoogs in those silly games, very prestigious is this case, people are dying in mogadishu and they worry about couple kids using messages. Can cannot even buried their dead ones. There no one engineer in MIT that will wast time time by deploying an octave frame to hack 50 000 people in mogadishu, it is not very cheap, the internet is not a plain frame that simply display all contents people uses at the time in one frame. Basically no one control the net, even ahead nations can’t control the web, unless you have unlimited resources, advances hardwares gears and plainty of man power. I have been dealing with those episode of MIT crape for the past 10 years.

  • Muna Sheekh Maxamud

    Thumps up on the article. You know you are doing a great job when some people think that it is real ! Satire is one of the best ways to address issues and this is great.

  • Sam Mohammed

    It’s a mad world! Love it! A well needed distraction from my books:)

Car Bomb Kills At Least 8 In Mogadishu Daughter Reunites With Her Father After 15 Years
Privacy Policy  |  ©2019 Sahan Journal All Rights Reserved.