Sep 29, 2010, 1:16 PM
Former Guinea Bissau interior minister, armed forces and electoral commission chiefs, who all fled from
Fernando Gomes, Jose Zamora Induta and Desejado Lima Da Costa respectively are currently in The Gambia, assistant superintendent Ba Ensa Jawara, spokesperson for the Gambia Immigration Department, told The Point.
Jawara, who spoke on behalf of the Immigration Department, declined to comment on when the Bissau-Guinean government officials arrived in The Gambia, and their whereabouts, citing security reasons.
On Monday, Jawara had told this paper that their arrival in The Gambia “is not to the knowledge of the Immigration Department,” as reported earlier.
“We have contacted all our entry points, and they have no knowledge about this,” Jawara said then.
Meanwhile, media reports on Sunday had quoted a local government official in
According to the Senegalese local government official, Induta and his companions had stayed in a hotel in the main Casamance town of Ziguinchor overnight Thursday, and had left for Banjul the following morning, denying earlier reports they had been arrested.
Reports also quoted a
A diplomatic source in
Induta was ousted as military chief two years ago by General Antonio Indaj, considered the man behind the April coup, which was launched in between the first and second rounds of a presidential election.
Induta sought refuge in the EU mission after the murder of former military intelligence chief Samba Djalo on the day of the first round vote on March 18.
He was joined there by Da Costa and Gomes after the April 12 coup.
Guinea Bissau army vowed last Wednesday to return to its barracks, after transitional authorities formed a new government including a colonel who joined the coup, but excluding the former ruling party.