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Gambia: Ex-president Jammeh vows to return from exile

Former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh who has been in exile since 2017 in the Equatorial Guinea has vowed to return to the country. He is heard in a latest audio telling a member of his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party of his intention to come back from exile. In February this year there was tension in the Gambia among citizens over Yahya Jammeh‘s reported return from exile. Several media reports suggested at the time that Jammeh has been spotted in Guinea heading to The Gambia. The…

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Germany detains Gambian driver of Jammeh’s ‘hit-squad unit’

– – A Gambian man has been detained in Germany for alleged role in some killings under ex-president Yahya Jammeh. The man Bai L, according to German police is suspected of participating in crimes against humanity while serving as driver for the feared paramilitary unit of Jammeh. He is accused of driving officers from the paramilitary unit known as the Junglers to carry out treacherous acts. The Junglers unit has been described as a hit squad for Mr Jammeh, executing several killings of his opponents under is orders. Among some…

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Ex-Gambian President Jammeh tied to killing of 59 migrants

– – Testimony before Gambia’s truth commission implicating then-president Yahya Jammeh in the summary execution in 2005 of about 59 West African migrants should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. From February 24 to March 11, 2021, witnesses told the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that migrants bound for Europe from Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo, plus their Gambian contact, were held by Jammeh’s top lieutenants in the security services before being murdered by the “Junglers,” a notorious…

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Ghana’s President was misled over migrant massacre in Gambia

– – In 2005, some 59 West African migrants were murdered in the Gambia. The migrants were hoping to reach Senegal enroute to Europe through the Mediterranean. The truth of what actually happened only emerged after ex-leader Yahya Jammeh left office. Since his exit from power in 2017, he has been implicated by some of his former soldiers, who said he ordered the killings. Two Gambian soldiers who worked for Jammeh’s hit squad in 2019 admitted to participating on Jammeh’s orders in the 2005 execution of the 59 West African…

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Gambia: Tension heightens over reported return of Yahya Jammeh

– – There is tension in the Gambia among citizens over the reported return of former President Yahya Jammeh. Several media reports have suggested that Jammeh has been spotted in Guinea heading to The Gambia. The reports also indicate that his supporters have started cleaning his Kanilai home and farm in anticipation of his return. But in a strongly worded statement, the Gambia Government said the misleading reports have caused tension in the West African country. “Significantly, these baseless reports have provoked anxiety and tension among members of the public. – – Equally, the misinformation…

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Families of migrants killed under Jammeh sue Gambia, Ghana

– – The families of some West African migrants who were killed in Gambia under former leader Yahya Jammeh have sued the governments of Gambia and Ghana. Assisted by ANEKED, they filed complaints on Wednesday against the two governments before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice for infringing several international human rights, including the right to judicial remedies. In July 2005, 44 Ghanaian migrants as well as some 12 other West Africans (from Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Côte d’Ivoire) including two women (one reportedly pregnant) forcibly disappeared in The Gambia while on their way to Europe by sea. A…

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Yahya Jammeh supporters demand his return to Gambia

The campaign for the return of Yahya Jammeh to the Gambia is gathering storm despite moves by the Barrow government to prosecute him. The country’s Justice Minister has hinted that the former president must be charged for stealing over $1 billion and the atrocities he allegedly committed whilst in office. But his sympathizers and supporters of his party the APRC are unperturbed as they push for Jammeh’s return to the country. Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Deputy leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction announced that Jammeh is coming home in…

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Gambia: More women accuse Jammeh of sexual abuse

An anonymous protocol officer has accused former President Yaya Jammeh of sexual harassment during his tenure. The witness said Jammeh gave her $1955 (100,000 Dalasi) in their first meeting. Few months later she was given an appointment letter from the Personnel Management Office as a protocol officer with salary over $117 (6,000 Dalasi). The witness said whenever the former president is visiting his home village of Kanilai they (protocol officers) will escort him. During this period Jammeh will sometimes invite the female protocol officers in turns into his room with the assistance…

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Rival Jammeh allies reconcile at truth commission hearing

Two ex-allies of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh have now reconciled after appearing before the truth and reconciliation commission in Banjul. Former Junta members Sanna Sabbaly and Edward Singhateh who helped Jammeh topple a democratically elected government of Sir Dawda Jawara in 1994 had been bitter rivals for years. Sanna Sabally and Edward Singhateh were both alleged of many atrocities in Gambia after the 1994 coup. Both leaders supervised the killing of eleven (11) soldiers under the commands of former president Yaya Jammeh. Those soldiers were alleged to have attempted…

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How ex-Jammeh ally tortured and killed political opponents

A former key ally of former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has admitted to supervising the arrest, torture and killing of opposition politicians and critics of the previous regime. The former army captain Edward Singhateh has narrated harrowing stories of how he arrested, tortured and executed suspected political opponents. According to Singhateh, many critics of Jammeh were arrested and never meant to be kept prisoners but executed. Although in some instances he claimed he didn’t pull his trigger to shoot dead people, he admitted responsibility for those crimes. He has been…

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