EYEAFRICA TV: Accra, Ghana: Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo–Addo said he wouldn’t get Gambian former president Yahya Jammeh from his exiled home in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, but that doesn’t relegate the Ghanaians’ commitment to ensure that justice is served for the killing of their citizens in The Gambia some fourteen years ago.
Fifty West African migrants who were bound for Europe, were apprehended and extrajudicial executed after the boat they boarded in Senegal landed in The Gambia. Their killing was allegedly carried out by a security joint patrol group, also called junglers that operate on the orders President Yahya Jammeh.
This escalated tensions between Ghana, the home country of 44 of the migrants, and the Gambia.
Following a fact-finding mission to The Gambia in 2005, president Nana Akufo-Addo said he “came away with a clear understanding that there was complicity on the part of then Gambian authorities in what had been done.”
In July 2009, Mr Jammeh and Ghana’s then president Professor John Atta Mills met at the fringe of the assembly of the heads of states and governments of the African Union, at the Libyan resort of Sirte, where foreign ministers of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that anticipated the renewal and maintenance of a closer working relationship after a UN-ECOWAS joint investigation team cleared The Gambia of any involvement in the killing of eight Ghanaians, whose bodies were found in The Gambia in 2005.
Last July, President Adama Barrow constituted Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission featured confessions from members of Gambian former president’s hit-squad, including Omar Jallow and Malick Jatta in the execution of these migrants.
“Now, with these revelations that have come, it should be The Gambian authorities to instigate the trial,” President Addo said in response to the press on Friday.
“Although, we will continue to work on it, doing something here is to go and get hold of President Yahya Jammeh in Malabo and bring him here to Accra but unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of authority or power,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo noted that Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has requested some time to be able to put efforts on the case of the Ghanaians.
“I have spoken to the president of The Gambia on this matter and his attitude was ‘you know the position that we are in, things are quite new. We are still insecure; give me time,” he said.
Sometime last year, families of the Ghanaian victims with support of human rights groups launched a campaign to seek justice for the 44 citizens killed in Gambia.