more witnesses continue to testify before the Truth, Reconciliation and
Reparations Commission (TRRC), ‘Jungler’ Lamin Sambou of The Gambia Police
Force yesterday narrated his part in the execution of nine death row inmates
who were executed by The Gambia government in 2013.
He said that on day of the execution, the junglers’ team left Kanilai to Hamza Barracks where they collected a colleague, Omar A. Jallow alias Oya.
“When we reached at the gate of the barrack, Mamodou Jarju alias Rambo called the former President Yahya Jammeh and I heard him saying “there must be execution today.” At that time I knew what our mission was.”
He continued that they went to the Mile 2 Prison where they met former minister of the Interior Ousman Sonko and the director of Prisons.
“The inmates were escorted to the vehicles with their hands cuffed and foots shackled by the prison officers and we headed to Kanilai. Two inmates were in our vehicle and I boarded the vehicle with Fansu Nyabally, Mamodou I. Busso and Mamodou Jarju alias Rambo.”
“On our way, the convoy stopped at Airport Junction and the inmate that was beside me was suffocated to death by Rambo and the other one was suffocated at Lance Corporal Bojang’s Range in Brikama.”
He stated that the other inmates were also suffocated to death, adding that upon arrival at the range, the former minister of the Interior Ousman Sonko, Justice Minister Jobarteh and the Prisons director were all present to confirm whether the bodies were dead.
He said after the execution, Solo Bojang had a briefing with them, informing them not to be afraid because the operation was a state mission, and disclosed that the victims were dumped in an old well in the bushes of Foni.
In his concluding remarks, he appealed to the families of the nine inmates for forgiveness.