Apr 20, 2009, 7:04 AM
Two Gambians nationals Saloum Singhateh and Yahya Sillah reportedly carrying in their possession US$450, 000 in cash were last Friday intercepted by the Senegalese customs officials in the border village of Karang. They arrived from Angola via Dakar.
This was confirmed to this paper yesterday by the Public Relations Officer of the Gambia Immigration Department, Cadet Inspector Momodou Lamin Manneh.
Saloum Singhateh is a native of Wuli Koli Kunda in the Upper River Region (URR) and Yahya Sillah lives in Sanchaba Sulay Jobe, Western Region.
According to PRO Manneh, it was reported that Mr. Singhateh upon arrival at Yoff International Airport in Senegal from Angola had declared the said money to the Senegalese authorities, and was allowed to leave the airport.
Mr. Singhateh accompanied by Yahya decided to travel by road from Dakar to Banjul. They were detained at the Senegalese customs border post at Karang, after arriving there and declaring the money.
"This is what I have gathered from our officers at Amdalai post, and they are making sure these gentlemen are properly taken care of by their counterparts in Senegal," he said.
According to PRO Manneh, the latest information they received yesterday was that the duo are being transferred to Fatick in Senegal, and are yet to be charged.
"We are making all the necessary follow-up for any developments," he further revealed.