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State Guard Commander removed

Jul 12, 2012, 1:41 PM

Brigadier General Alagie Martin, Commander of the State Guards Battalion, is the latest to join the list of senior military officers to be relieved of their duties in The Gambia recently.

A news release from the presidency announced yesterday that Martin has been relieved of his duties, and deployed to the country’s diplomatic service as a civilian.

The move comes less than a week after President Yahya Jammeh relieved Lt. General Masanneh Kinteh, former Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia armed forces, of his duties. Kinteh was also redeployed to the diplomatic service as a civilian.

Earlier in May this year, four army generals were discharged from the armed forces, and appointed as deputy ambassadors to various diplomatic missions in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

According to reports, former chief of naval staff Commodore Madani Senghore will go to Freetown, Sierra Leone; former chief of army staff Brigadier General Lamin Bojang to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; former inspector general of the armed forces Brigadier General Ebrima Bah to Abuja, Nigeria, and former chairman of the Joint Operations Centre, Major General Saikou Seckan, to New Delhi, India.