Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Senegalese forces continue to make arrests of former Jammeh loyalists in The Gambia’s security set up. The latest being four guards assigned to Jammeh’s wife, Zineb Souma Jammeh, who were arrested while trying to flee the country.
Jammeh’s official photographer, Ebou Tarou Njie, has also been arrested by authorities at the Senegalese border post of Karang as he attempted to reenter the country having left with Jammeh.
Local media portal, the Freedom Newspaper, reports that most members of Jammeh’s entourage who left Banjul with him were stranded in Guinea Conakry – where Jammeh’s plane transited before leaving for the Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh is currently on exile in the capital, Malabo.
Senegal, The Gambia’s only landed neighbour, recently announced the arrest of former head of prisons and a key Jammeh ally, General Bora Colley. Senegal are also leading the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) military mission in The Gambia.
ECOWAS had tried mediation to get Jammeh to accept results from the December 1 polls, after talks failed the group deployed the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) under the leadership of Senegalese General, François Ndiaye.
Jammeh lost the December election to opposition coalition candidate, Adama Barrow, he accepted the outcome before making a U-turn and refusing to cede power.