Gambia’s Embassy in Dakar deny their offices are used to spy on dissidents

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Mai Ahmad Fatty, leader of the GMC

Officials of The Gambian Embassy in Dakar rebutted allegations that its offices are being used as a spying ground on Gambian dissidents in Senegal saying that the embassy is open to all Gambians without prejudice.

The issue was raised by opposition GMC leader Mai Ahmad Fatty who made an unannounced visit to the embassy to discuss the welfare of Gambians living in Dakar.

Fatty said discussions were “frank and fruitful” and called for an urgent action to addressing the welfare and needs of Gambians living in the French speaking West African nation. The embassy was urged to serve the interest of The Gambia and Gambians irrespective of one’s political affiliation, he told reporters.

The embassy officials were counseled to hold a meeting between the mission and Gambians living in Dakar to allay fears that its offices are being used as a spy center to coordinate attacks against Gambians dissidents in Dakar.

Embassy officials seemed unprepared by the GMC leader’s visit. It is the first time that an opposition leader made such an unannounced visit to a Gambian embassy.

In May, a special agent of the National Intelligence Agency Gibriel Kujabi was detained by Senegalese police after he was spotted at an anti-Jammeh protest in Dakar with a digital recording device and smartphones disguising himself as a protester.

Senegal surrounds the Gambia on all sides except for West, where the tiny West African country has a 50 miles Atlantic coastline. Relations between the neighboring states have strained with a border closure this year that stretched to three months.

President Yahya Jammeh has accused Senegal of harboring his ‘enemies,’ most of whom are journalists, rights campaigns, political activists and former security chiefs.

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