Bairo Sabally, the 1st vice-chairman of the erstwhile Armed Forces Provisional
Ruling Council (AFPRC) and the architect of July 22nd 1994 coup d’état on
Thursday 25 April 2019 called on former president Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singhateh
and Yankuba Touray, all council members of AFPRC government to go and testify
before the TRRC.
Mr. Sabally also appealed to witnesses to come forward and tell the world the truth, while begging for forgiveness for what he did. He apologised to Omar Jallow, then minister of Agriculture in the Jawara government and others he might have offended knowingly or unknowingly.
The former vice-chairman made this clarion call whilst delivering statement after testifying before the TRRC chaired by Dr. Lamin J. Sise.
He expressed appreciation to all Gambians for the establishment of the TRRC and paid tribute to the Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah, minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah and Sulayman Ndow who he said, had fought tirelessly to remove ex-president Yahya Jammeh.
He advised soldiers to stay in their barracks and stay out of politics and urged them to channel their grievances to the relevant authority.
He entreated them to defend the country’s territorial integrity and uphold the constitutional standards.
He enjoined all Gambians to respect their work so that the country can develop, while urging all not to allow the Gambia’s dark past destroy the country’s future.
However, it was observed that during the sitting one Matty Sallah, widow of the late Lt. Abdoulie Bah alias Achoping Choping sent a message through the legal team that she had forgiven Sana Sabally.
Lead Counsel Essa M. Faal revealed that Sana Sabally came voluntarily and he neither asked for immunity nor amnesty.
Counsel Faal implored the general public to respect Sana Sabally’s dignity.
Dr. Lamin J. Sise thanked him enormously for coming to the TRRC to testify and adjourned the commission sitting to 10 June, 2019.