TRRC breakthrough: Former NIA officer produces list of 2005 massacred West African migrants

EYEAFRICA TV: Kololi, THE GAMBIA:- The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has on Thursday made a major breakthrough in the investigations into the 2005 massacre of more than 50 West African migrants.

The development comes a day following the beginning of the hearings into the circumstances surrounding the 2005 incident. The massacre, was described by many as the largest loss of life during the 22-year rule of the Jammeh’s presidency.

The commission’s Lead Counsel Essa Faal exclaimed ‘Manna from heaven’ as the then senior intelligence officer, Gibril Ngorr M.T. Secka produced a list containing the names of all the captives who were killed in Jully 2005.

The list contained the names of 51 West African migrants, mainly Ghanaians and several other countries in the sub-region.

Witness Secka said the names were written by the officers at the Kairaba Police Station on 23rd July, 2005, when the said migrants were being processed. 

When asked as to how he get the list, he said: “I collected it from them(officers) because I needed it. It was to be given to the head of counter espionage for screening following morning.”

Secka told the commission that the initial instructions were to take the migrants to the Kairaba Police Station from Banjul.

“As soon as we finish doing that, I received another instruction that some of them should be at the Kairaba Police Station, others taken to Baba Jobe residence and the rest to the PIU,” he said, noting that he wouldn’t do anything without procedure.

TRRC was established in 2017 to investigate human right violations under former president Yahya Jammeh.

The commission said the intention is to exposed the terrible act which happened to these migrants when apprehended on Gambian soil.

According to Trial International, about 44 Ghanaians, 9 Nigerians, 2 Togolese, and nationals of Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia and Senegal are believed to have been killed.

Ghana’s Martin Kyere, the sole known survivor of the 2005 killings, is among those scheduled to testify in the 21st session of the commission. Several Gambian witnesses, including those who took part or at least have first hand knowledge of the execution, are also expected to appear before the commission.

Martin Kyere will be in Banjul for the hearings together with Wiliam Nyarko of the Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA) who coordinates the Jammeh2Justice Ghana campaign.

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