Ex-President Yahya Jammeh is accused by the Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) of killing West African migrants, including nine Nigerians.
Jammeh, who has been in exile in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017, has been accused of human rights violations such as extrajudicial killings, torture, and arbitrary incarceration.
President Adama Barrow, his successor, established the TRRC to look into the allegations levelled against him.
Witnesses told the commission that migrants from Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo, including their Gambian contact, were detained by Jammeh's top security lieutenants before being murdered by the "Junglers," a notorious paramilitary unit that followed the ex-orders.
Although the precise number of migrants killed is unknown, Gibril Secka, the NIA's head of operations, released a list of 51.
Ghanaians (39), Sierra Leone (3), Côte d'Ivoire (2), Senegal (2), Togo (2), Liberia (1), Nigeria (1 – John Amase), and Congolese are among them, according to the police (1).
Some migrants who had already been identified, as well as eight additional Nigerians detained and slain, are not included in the figure.
Jammeh, along with "Tumbul Tamba, Kawsu Camara (Bombardier), Bai Lowe, Musa Badjie, Landing Tamba, Sanna Manjang, Solo Bojang, Malick Jatta, Alieu Jeng, Omar Jallow (Oya), Lamin Sillah, and Buba Jallow, are responsible for the murder of the West African migrants," according to a report released on Friday.
According to the TRRC, the ex-president is also responsible for the arbitrary arrests of Gambian journalists, as well as the killings of 17 civilians, torture and assault for allegedly being witches and wizards.
The TRCC said, “The Government will continue its review of the TRRC report as well as any recommendations for amnesty and shall issue a White Paper on or before the 25th of May 2022.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.