EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s military and police have confirmed to Eye Africa TV on Thursday that they are not the master minders of the reported arrest of former army lieutenant colonel Sanna Manjang and ex-army general Bora Colley, two of the members of former President Yahya Jammeh’s hit-squad, the junglers.
Online newspaper; The Fatu Network, today reported that it received credible sources that Manjang and Colley were arrested on Wednesday by military police in Basse, some 373 kilometer from Gambia’s capital.
The two former army officers are accused of extrajudicial killing of Gambian civilians and military officers on the order of the former dictator, Yahya Jammeh. Their names were adversely mentioned in the testimonies of their former colleagues at the proceedings of the country’s truth-seeking commission; Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).
Both army and the police spokespersons told Eye Africa TV that their officers were not involved in the arrest of the two famous and feared members of the junglers. Police spokesperson said maybe they were arrested by the sister forces.
Gambia’s security are often found in denial of their involvement of arrest of people of key figures when they are actually involved.
According to Fatunetwork “A source who did not want to be named said the duo was arrested alongside a Bissau Guinean national in Basse. He did not provide any further detail”.
In December 2017, Gambia set up the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) by an Act of the National Assembly, to investigate and establish an impartial historical record of the nature, causes and extent of violations and abuses of human rights committed between July 1994 to January 2017 and to consider the granting of reparations to victims and for connected matters.
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs says almost 90,000 Gambians (approximately 5% of the population) live abroad, with 50% of them located in the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom and another 25% residing in other Europeans countries such as Norway and Sweden.
It said a considerable number of Gambians in the diaspora fled from the country during the 22 years of the Jammeh regime, either as a result of actual or potential persecution by the state or state authorities. It is expected that there are many more witnesses living abroad who may be willing to provide crucial statements or testimonies at the TRRC hearings.