Bairo Sabally has told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission
(TRRC) chaired by Dr. Lamin J. Sise that he fell out with the then AFPRC
chairman Yahya Jammeh because Sadibou Hydara and him were determined to leave
office after 6 months of the military takeover.
Sana Sabally disclosed that Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singhateh and Yankuba Touray wanted to perpetuate themselves in power, but he reminded them of the oath they had taken to leave after six months of the takeover.
He revealed that after 11 November, 1994 incident, the NCCE was established and he was one among the council members that strongly opposed to the establishment of NCCE.
He informed the Commission that they had sworn to the Qur’an and Edward Singhate had sworn to the Bible prior to the takeover that they would stay for six months.
He said after the takeover, he observed that Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singhateh and Yankuba Touray were no longer interested in leaving but were bent in perpetuating themselves in power. He pointed out that when he got the NCCE report which specified that they could stay for two years and six months, he called Yahya Jammeh that he had received the NCCE report.
He said during that conversation, he reminded Yahya Jammeh of the oath they had sworn to regarding to the duration of their stay in power after they takeover. He asserted that Jammeh asked him to wait till the following morning so that they could discuss the NCCE report.
He asserted that he had meeting with Baba Jobe, Lamin Jobarteh, Foday Barry and one Saul Ndow in his office and he was informed about the plan to establish the 22nd July Movement.
According to him, he informed them of his determination to leave office after six months. He said after reporting to work on the following, he headed for Chairman Jammeh’s office, he was ambushed by Kalipha Bajinka, Almamo Manneh, Bakary Camara, Malafi Corr, Musa Jammeh alias Malianmugo, Lamin S. Camara and Samba Batch Samba.
He indicated that he was disarmed and had his hands and legs tied. Few moments later, he said, Sadibou Hydara also fell into the same trap because he was also adamant about their inkling to stay in power after six months.
He revealed that whilst there, Edward Singateh took out his pistol, pointed it at Sadibou Hydara’s his forehead.
He told the Commission that he shouted at Edward and said; “do not fire” and Edward lowered his pistol.
The former vice-chairman stated that they were taken to a waiting vehicle and driven to Mile 2 Prisons.
When lead Counsel Essa M. Faal put to him that the allegation and rumours were rife that he had pointed his gun in an attempt to assassinate Jammeh so to take power but got frozen in the process.
Sana Sabally responded that it was a big, fat, lie; adding that the treason charge against him was trumped up, adding that he was prosecuted and convicted by the then Chief Justice who was the chairman of the court- martial.
He said he was sentenced to nine years imprisonment on the 22nd December, 1995.
He indicated that he served the nine years and was not given parole as opposed to the normal prison rules for Gambians.