(Reuters/NAN) Military authorities in Gambia arrested two of ex-strongman Yahya Jammeh’s generals after they returned unexpectedly from exile over the weekend, the military mentioned.
Gambia’s present President Adama Barrow was sworn in Feb 18, 2017 as a West African regional intervention pressure closed in on the capital Banjul forcing Jammeh, who had refused to simply accept his defeat in elections, to flee to Equatorial Guinea.
According to an announcement by the military, Umpa Mendy, Jammeh’s principal safety officer, and the previous head of the State Guards Battalion Ansumana Tamba had each accompanied the previous chief into exile.
However, the military assertion, mentioned they flew again into Gambia on Sunday.
“They were arrested at their respective homes and are currently detained at the Yundum Military Barracks, where they are helping the military police with their investigations,” the military mentioned.
The military didn’t say why the 2 males returned to Gambia or on what costs that they had been arrested.
Barrow continues to be searching for to say management following the top of 22 years of Jammeh’s authoritarian rule underneath which the navy served as a key pillar of a regime infamous for jailing and torturing political opponents.
The new authorities has changed or dismissed a variety of senior navy officers, a few of them suspected of being members of a gaggle referred to as the Jungulars, which many Gambians say carried out killings on behalf of the federal government.
However, the military nonetheless comprises many former supporters of Jammeh.
Barrow’s allies have repeatedly warned of the likelihood that exiled officers have been working to undermine the brand new authorities from overseas.