TRRC : Former driver to Yankuba Touray testifies

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Warrant Officer Class one, Lamin Ndure yesterday told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), chaired Dr. Lamin J. Sise that after returning from dropping off Yankuba Touray’s family and guards, he observed that there was unpleasant smell in the corridor and sitting room at Yankuba Touray’s residence.

The witness recalled that Yankuba Touray, then minister for Local Government and Lands asked him to go and drop his family at Edward Singhateh’s residence at Cape Point and to also take his guards who were sent on patrol around the beach.

He pointed out that it was the day that Yahya Jammeh travelled for the Africa Union Summit in Ethiopia.

He explained that he was asked to go and drop his guards and his family at Edward Singhatey’s residence where there was a programme.

He revealed that he took Yankuba Touray’s wife, Mamie Minteh, his wife’s sister and his two children; Fatou Touray and Edward Touray, his guards; Pa Amat Jangum, Lie ‘Tuluba’Bojang, Ensa Mendy and another whose name he could not remember.

He said after dropping Yankuba’s wife and family at the Singhateh’s residence, he dropped off the remaining guards at the seaside and returned to the Yankuba residence at Kerr Serign.

The witness also said he saw a fleet of vehicles at the residence but he saw Edward Singhateh standing inside Yankuba Touray’s residence.

He disclosed that he alighted from the vehicle and went to the shop and when he returned, he discovered that the fleet of vehicles had left.

He told the Commission that when he entered the house he observed that the house was unkempt and inhaled an unpleasant smell that he was not accustomed to for the 2 years he had worked there.

He further told the Commission that he observed that the tiles on the corridor was not as clean as it used to be ; he left the house and went to bring Yankuba Touray’s family from Edward Singhateh’s residence and left for home.

Lamin Ndure stated that the following day, he heard that Ousman Koro Ceesay had died on the radio but rumour was rife that he was killed and the junta members were implicated in his death.

Warrant Officer Class One, Lamin Ndure was born in Jokado Bariya on the 23rd November, 1964 and he joined the Gendarmerie in 1991 and became a Lance Corporal in 1992 after training and stationed at the airport.

The witness said he was moved from the airport to Yundum Barrack after the 1994 coup and was later assigned to Yankuba Touray as his official driver from 1994 to 1996.

He recalled that on the eve of 11th November, 1994, he drove Yankuba Touray to the State House where he had meeting with the other Council Members.

He said the other members came down after the meeting with Chairman Jammeh and they entered their vehicles and proceeded to Yundum Barrack after they were informed that there was coup-d-etat.

He disclosed that Lt. Sana Sabally led the group and he heard gun shots at Yundum Barrack and some soldiers were arrested and locked in the guardroom.

He further disclosed that the group left for Fajara Barrack and then to the State House where they were jubilating, thereafter left for Yundum Barracks, took some soldiers who were put inside a military truck and taken to Brikama Nyambai forest area and summarily executed. 

Author: Bruce Asemota