The Gambia’s government has been accused by rights defenders of abducting a diplomat shortly after arriving in the West African nation at the request of the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh.
Sarjo Jallow, the country’s former chief envoy to the African Union and Ethiopia travelled to Banjul from Sweden to take up his new position as deputy foreign affairs minister last month.
Jallow’s home in Banjul, a property belonging to the country’s Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy was burglarized. Documents and his personal laptop were taken. The home has military presence further implicating the government of ransacking the house.
Jallow’s wife, Jainaba Bah is a strong opponent of President Yahya Jammeh. She supports the opposition United Democratic Party.
His family has filed a missing person’s report with Gambian authorities.
Authorities in The Gambia have not made the former ambassador’s disappearance public or refute accusations.
Rights campaigners have started social media campaigns to “secure Sarjo Jallow’s release.”
Rights group say arbitrary arrests and detentions are prevalent in The Gambia with many disappearing for years and detained in secret facilities across the country.