Faruk has in the past been charged in Kenya and Somalia for engaging in fraudulent activities
Police in Puntland State have launched a manhunt for Omar Faruk who they have described as an imposter secretary of the National Union of Somalia Union of Journalist (NUSOJ) saying he was unwelcome in its territory.
Puntland says Mr Omar is not the legitimate leader of the NUSOJ and therefore could not be allowed to hold meetings in the state in that capacity, adding that he could have ulterior motives.
“Mr Omar is not the general secretary of NUSOJ. He should control his moments and leave the city immediately”, said the government in a statement.
Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimmu is the legitimate leader and was elected over 200 journalists in fair and free election held in Mogadishu but Faruk has been claiming this position last 6 years
Mr Faruk was to hold a meeting in Garowe together with the journalists in his camp but the authorities say they want to hold them accountable for their actions. As at press time their location remained unknown.
Mr Faruk has in the past had run ins with authorities in Kenya after he was arrested for non-settlement of Sh3.6 million incurred during a 2012 conference he organized at Nairobi’s Laico Regency Hotel. Mr Osman incurred the debt when he organized a conference at the Laico Regency Hotel as an official of the East Africa Journalists Association (EAJA).
Ethipian authorities also ordered for his deportation to Somalia after finding him money fraud and corruption. Mr Omar , British national of Somali origin who the Ethiopian Federal police arrested him on arrival at Boley International airport in Addis, following a complaint made by Ethiopian hotels and companies over money fraud.
He was deported to Somalia after his family members paid the hotel bills and tickets. ‘He was escorted to Wajale, a small town at the Ethiopian border with Somaliland.