EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) officer, Alfusainey Touray has told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Thursday that he and others were falsely convicted by former President Yahya Jammeh’s administration.
Mr Touray, alongside two others appeared before the truth-seeking commission, where he gave tales of sufferings they went through.
He said he was arrested at his house the same day his father, Karamo Touray of Brikama while he was head Imam of the community. He said they were arrested and detained when the paramilitary were ordered to demolish the Brikama central mosque and his father asked them not to demolish the area they were seated but he was perceived as an opposition.
Mr Touray recalled the trauma he went through when he was arrested and how he was brutally tortured.
“When I was arrested and taken to Brikama police station, one of the police officers called Famara Sanneh ordered for me to be taken behind the counter and be punished. They forced me do monkey dance until I passed out and he instructed the others not to help me.”
He said while he was at the station, former local government and lands minister Lamin Waa Juwara was also dragged in barefooted and looking devastated and shock.
According to him, he and his father were arrested without placing any charge against them, saying before they were taken to mile 2 central prison, his father’s house was raided but he could not tell the reason.
“We boarded a van and the driver was going on fast speed. He later stopped the car and told us that he was instructed by Baba Jobe. Lamin Waa Juwara was dragged out of the car and heated with a metal cable for almost 15 minutes.”
Mr Touray confirmed that Baba Jobe was present at the scene of the beating, and Mr Jawara’s shirt was strained with blood and he couldn’t even talk because he was completely weak.
Abdoulie Sanneh, another witness who also testified in the Thursday hearing said they were charged with demolishing a mosque and was sent to mile 2 in confinement block four.
Mr Sanneh said after he left the mile 2 prison, he was diagnosed with high blood and lost his job and all his lands. He said when they were arrested, they were asked to remove all their belongings like hats, watches and rings.
Story written by Binta Badjie