Families remember December 30th victims

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Families of the victims that attacked State House on 30 December 2014 Tuesday gathered at the Victims’ Centre to remember them as heroes of the nation.

The attack was led by the late Lamin Sanneh, a former Lt. Col. of The Gambia Armed Forces and former commander of the State Guards Battalion who was dismissed from the GAF, fled to Senegal and then to the U.S.

The remains of the victims will be officially handed over their families today at the Ministry of Justice.The funeral and burial services will be held at the Kanifing East Mosque at 11:00a.m.on Friday.

Speaking at a press briefing held at the Victims’ Centre in Kololi, Baboucarr Njie, member of the Victims’ Centre said this was an opportunity to let The Gambia know who the December 31st victims were and why they risked their lives.

“These heroes where living a comfortable and luxurious life and were supporting their families, but they decided to come back and overthrow the 22 years of dictatorial government,” he disclosed.

Ya Yassin Jobe, mother of the late Captain Njaga Mamour Jagne, said her son told his mates before the coup that they weren’t there to kill or wound anyone during the coup.

“My son was among the first batch that were sent to Iran during George W. Bush’stenure to maintain peace and there is no doubt that he came back to fight for the wellbeing of his people,” she declared.

Mba Meta Njie, mother of late Lt. Col. Lamin Sanneh said that a child is not born to be of benefit only tothe parents but the human race.

“Lamin went to 7 different countries to maintain peace and was once working for the president but was later sacked,” she said.

She added: “He went to the U.S. with his family and they were living a comfortable life. But he couldn’t bear to see himself in peace while his people were suffering back home.”

 “Soldiers are meant to maintain peace but how can they maintain peace when their own country is not at peace,” she said.

Madam Njie further revealed that she was imprisoned by the former regime for eight months and twenty-five days where she developed chest pains, hypertension and pneumonia from which she is still suffering.

 She stated that she hasn’t yet received any help from the government to treat her sickness, though the Victim Centre has been rendering support to her.

Abdou Nyass, brother of the late Alagie Jaja Nyass, said that the level of sacrifice these heroes took cannot be over emphasized, adding that his brother got married a few months before he was killed.

He added that his mother was also among the people arrested by the former regime after the coup. 

Author: By Fatou B. Cham