Alleged Jammeh properties arsonists on the run, family members detained

Alleged Jammeh properties arsonists on the run, family members detained

At least three unknown alleged arsonists accused of setting on fire a fuel depot, gas station and a building housing the ruling APRC belonging to President Yahya Jammeh are said to be at large and their family members have been arrested by Gambian authorities according to reports.

Those arrested included a pregnant woman and authorities said they are helping with investigations.

The country’s National Intelligence Agency has taken the lead in the investigation and said they are not ruling out the possibility of the attack being sponsored by dissidents in Western countries who are relentless in their efforts to end President Yahya Jammeh’s rule.

The APRC said at least three men stormed their party headquarters in Kanifing South, about seven miles from the seat of the presidency, tied up the security guards and set the building on fire. Senior APRC official Yankuba Colley said the extend of the damage is yet to be assessed but confirmed that the entire building was engulfed in fire.

In the winter of 2014, men from the diaspora led by a former presidential guard commander laid siege on Jammeh’s official residence. Their family members were arrested and detained for months without charges.

The NIA has requested for call records of those allegedly involved from telecommunication service providers.

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