TRRC confession: Witness admits participation in 16 killings including Deyda

Friday, August 09, 2019

Warrant officer Class 1, Alieu Jeng, a ‘jungler’ who is alleged to have taken part in many executions yesterday admitted before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), that he participated in the killings of Deyda Hydara, Dawda Nyassi and two other operations.

On Nyassi’s death, the witness explained that he was called by Tumbul Tamba for a mission in which he was never briefed on how the mission should be carried out. He said they drove to Serrekunda Primary School where Tumbul picked Dawda Nyassi at a dark place and they proceeded to a bush around the Airport Junction at night.

“When we reached and our vehicle stopped, we alighted, while Tumbul was speaking to Nyassi in their native language Jola. Tumbul took him inside the bush with Malick Jatta and Sana Manjang.”

He added that they came back without the victim and it was later during the investigation in 2017, he got to know that Nyassi was killed.

At this juncture, the lead counsel played the testimony of Malick Jatta, who testified that Tumbul Tamba, Sana Manjang and Alieu Jeng shot the victim to death. After listening to the replayed video, the witness insisted that Malick’s testimony was false.

The counsels also showed him a statement that he signed with The Gambia Police Force that he played a part in the shootings, the witness later admitted that the previous information he gave to the counsel was a lie, and admitted that he was among those who shot him to death.

On Hydara’s death, he said they drove to Kanifing and took a taxi and he was in the vehicle with Malick Jatta, Sana Manjang and Tumbul Tamba.

“We moved to Traffic-light and later drove around St. Therese’s School at Westfield, where we saw the car of Hydara and followed him to Mobile Traffic. At this juncture, Tumbul removed pistols and gave us each to shoot, and we all did.”

When asked to shed light on the death of Haruna Jammeh and Ndongo Mboob, witness replied that he didn’t know how those two were killed.

The witness continues his testimony on 19 August 2019 to disclose more assassinations he got involved in.

Author: Pa Modou Cham