Jammeh ‘looted millions’ from state coffers
AFTER the dramatic departure of Yahya Jammeh, the former president of Gambia, following the military intervention of the Economic Community of West African States, it has been reported that he looted the state’s coffers before his forced evacuation.
More than $11 million (nearly R149m) is missing, an adviser to president elect Adama Barrow, Mai Ahmad Fatty said, adding that financial experts were evaluating the exact loss.
“The coffers are virtually empty. It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”
Fancy cars and other luxury goods had been seen being loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane on the night Jammeh left the country, the BBC reported yesterday.
This was despite Gambia’s main airport being given strict instructions to prevent Jammeh from taking personal belongings on his departure. Reports are filtering in that the former dictator may be in Equatorial Guinea.
Jammeh, who came into power following a 1994 military coup, repeatedly refused to hand power over to Barrow.
Barrow remains in neighbouring Senegal, where he was inaugurated last Thursday and where he, like thousands of other Gambians, fled following the stand-off. It is uncertain when he will return.
The new president has vowed to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during Jammeh’s time in office. – ANA