Jamanti Darboe, a private soldier yesterday testified before the Truth,
Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) chaired by Dr. Lamin J. Sise
that the late Lt. Basirou Barrow and Lt Abdoulie ‘Dot’ Faal were seriously
beaten, tortured before being shot dead by one Alagie Kanyi commonly called
Mofa Kanyi who is presently the Lower River Region Immigration boss on the
November 11th, 1994 at Yundum Barrack.
He said after the July 22nd military take over the training school was moved to Fajara Barrack where he was redeployed as the chief clerk.
He further said prior to the November 11th 1994, he was not aware of any coup in the making.
Darboe recalled that on the 10th November, 1994, he was given an assignment by Lt. L.F. Jammeh to do some secretarial work in relation to the welfare of the soldiers.
He said after completing the work he took the document to Lt. L.F. Jammeh at the Officers’ Mess where he saw Lt. Sana Sabally, Lt. Edward Sighateh, Lt. Peter Sighateh, Lt. Sadibou Hydara and Lt. Yankuba Touray at a meeting.
At that juncture, the witness said Sana Sabally called him and asked if he was the one who signed Cadet Amadou Mbacke Sillah gate pass which he replied in the affirmative.
He revealed that the meeting lasted till 7:00 p.m., adding that the meeting primarily centered on the welfare of the soldiers.
He disclosed that after the meeting ended, Lt. L.F. Jammeh and Lt. Peter Sighateh came into his office and whilst there. He said that Lt. L.F. Jammeh asked Peter Sighateh If he thinks they would accept this.
The witness told the Commission that Peter Sighateh never said anything but took his briefcase and left.
The witness further disclosed that Lt. L.F. Jammeh left and came back to his house and asked him to follow him to Yundum Barrack and they left for Yundum Barrack, and upon arrival at Fajara Barrack, they went to the armoury where they signed for weapons.
He said after signing out weapons they joined a vehicle with one Jadama and proceeded to Yundum Barrack, but on getting to Banjulinding main junction, Jadama got off the vehicle.
The witness revealed that as they crossed the Agric office they were ambushed. He said that Lt. L.F. Jammeh escaped and he was put in a truck and taken to Yundum Barrack.
He stated that at Yundum Barrack, he heard Lt. Abdoulie ‘Dot’ Faal voice, saying that you are trying to betray us but God will betray you people.
He explained that Lt. Dot Faal was seriously beaten that he lost his jaw completely and Lt. Basirou Barrow’s neck was broken that it was hanging on his shoulder and both of them cannot speak but communicate by gesture.
He indicated that Sgt. Fafa Nyang was also seriously beaten that he was bleeding from his nose, adding that about 15 soldiers caught and beaten.
He told the Commission that whilst the captives were held, Edward Sighateh called out that he wants to throw grenade there, but Lt. Sana Sabally held his hand and said they will kill them one by one so that it would be a lesson for other soldiers.
The witness said after a while Lt. Sana Sabally told Edward Sighateh that they should go to Mile 2 because the people they are expecting would not come and they left for Mile 2.
He revealed that Lt. Basirou Barrow, Lt. Abdoulie ‘Dot’ Faal, Sgt. Fafa Nyang, one Mafugi, himself and other soldiers caught were taken to the remand wing in Mile 2 prisons.
He stated that he saw the council members and their guards except Yahya Jammeh together with Major Momodou Badjie, Lt. Col. Babucar Jatta and Lt. Col. Ousman Sonko in Mile 2 Prisons.
He said when they left Mile 2 Prisons, they went to Fajara Barrack at about 2:00 a.m., and at Fajara Barrack, they were paraded and Sana Sabally started counting 1,2,3 fire; the soldiers started firing at them.
He said some soldiers fell down whilst others ran away and escaped, adding that three soldiers died as a result of the shooting which took place between 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. at Fajara Barrack.
He further said he heard Lt. Col. Bubacarr Jatta told Sana Sabally that it is enough now and Sana Sabally asked him to come and carry Lt. Basirou Barrow into the vehicle.
He stated that they left Fajara Barrack and proceeded to Yundum Barrack and upon arrival, Alagi Kany alias Mofa Kanyi climbed up the truck, stamped on his chest and pointed a touch light inside the truck and said this people are not yet dead.
Meanwhile, the witness in his message to the Gambian people, he warned politicians to stay away from influencing the military and tribal politics.
He urged Gambians to change their altitude, have respect for one another and called for unity noting that Gambian should regards themselves as one people.
He stressed that perpetrators be brought to justice adding that some of the perpetrators are still seen holding position in Barrow government.
He named Alagie Kanyi commonly called Mofa who he said he is the Immigration Divisional Officer in Lower River Region and Momodou Badjie, the present security adviser to President Barrow.