7 senior members of Gambia Armed Forces dismissed over suspicion of giving information to ex-president

Source
Xinhuanet
Editor
Li Jiayao
Time
2017-10-11

BANJUL, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) handed dismissal letters to seven of its senior members on Tuesday, according to a senior member of the army, suspicion that they were giving information to former President Yahya Jammeh who is currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

The dismissed officers are Major Kebba Gibba, Major Karamba Jammeh, Major Alieu Sowe, Major Kebba Gibba, Major Lamin Manneh alias Gilbert), Major Gibril Jammeh, and Captain Sulayman Jammeh. No official reason is stated on the letter as to what led to their discharge of duties.

Major Kebba Gibba confirmed to Xinhua his dismissal but he could not tell the reason why he has been laid off from service as the content is scanty.

However, a senior member in the army who prefers anonymity said the officers were being put under surveillance following the suspicion that they were giving information to the former President Jammeh.

According to him, the GAF was able to intercept their communications with Jammeh which has a potential of undermining the national security of The Gambia.

Currently, several military officers are being held after they were allegedly caught using WhatsApp groups to send information to the ex-leader.

 

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