Dec 11, 2020, 12:26 PM
The Gambia is playing host to a sub-regional meeting on ECOWAS cultural policy and action plan for 2019-2023.
Giving his account on the 2006 attempted coup led by Ndure Cham, the witness recalled that the then Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ousman Sonko informed them at Major Crime that a panel of investigation was to be formed at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the police needed to take part.
He recalled that he was present at the panel with Demba Sowe, now the Crime Management Coordinator (CMC), Boto Keita, Ablie Sowe and other personnel from the NIA and military.
“The alleged coup plotters were invited to the panel and the police were there to take statements. The ‘Junglers’ were there to escort suspects to the panel and as well tortured them because we used to see physical marks on the suspects, like swollen eyes and bleedings.”
The witness noted that he did not participate in any alleged torture, indicating that the then director of NIA, the CDS, IGP and Momodou Hydara were in charge of all that happened in the panel.
The witness told the commission that former President Jammeh was aware of what was happening in the panel as well the tortures.
The panel, he added, failed in their responsibilities and the arrest and subsequent disappearance of some suspects were inhuman.
On the disappearance of two American brothers, who were allegedly killed by Gambian authorities, witness said a panel was constituted for investigation and trace of the two Gambian Americans.
The panel, he said, comprised him and one Amadou Kujabi from the police and Gomez from the military intelligence, Ousman Jallow and Camara from the NIA and a lawyer from the Attorney General Chambers.
“We later heard the Americans were in Bissau and the panel was transferred but they couldn’t be traced. The government launched an investigation to cover-up from human right investigators. I heard from a reliable source that when the American investigators came to the country, they wanted to visit the NIA and Central Prisons, Mile 2,but they were denied entrance.”
The then IGP, he added, told them the American brothers were spotted in Guinea Bissau and the information was to blindfold them.
Regarding the massacre of 51 West African migrants, the witness explained that there was an investigation conducted and they did not make any declaration concerning the investigative report.
He admitted the panel of investigators was cooked and several information carried by the report were all lies.
The principal investigator of the project for Strengthening Access to Quality Comprehensive Health Education for in-and-out of School Adolescents in Region I, The Gambia recently briefed Claudiana Cole, minister of Basic and Secondary Education on the progress made in the ongoing comprehensive health education research findings dissemination exercise.
Muhammed Sanneh was an orphan when he left The Gambia aged 16 to try and find a way to support his two younger siblings.