The Gambia’s pro-government news agency, The Daily Observer reported on Monday that National Assembly Member Buba Ayi Sanneh (Independent – Kombo Central) was not arrested but invited by the country’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Agency for questioning.
The lawmaker at a news conference said the NIA agents visited him at his home a day before inviting him for questioning.
The lawmaker refuted reports that he was arrested, but his invitation to the NIA came a day after a radio interview in which he accused a judge of being bias and refusing to throw out an assault case against him, after written request by the complainant not to continue with the prosecution.
The lawmaker is now said to have sold a plot of land to two different parties. The NIA does not have the jurisdiction to investigate such matters but was involved.
According to the Daily Observer, the lawmaker denied having an interview with the Freedom Newspaper’s Pa Nderry Mbai.
The National Assembly Member said the plot of land in question was given to him by his late father and was unaware that his brother has sold it. Offers to give another plot to one of the parties was declined and Sanneh appealed to Gambian authorities to give him some time to refund one of the parties.