The commander of the Gambia’s presidential guard unit has gone into exile with former ruler President Yahya Jammeh.
Lt. Gen. Ansumana Tamba is among Jammeh’s most trusted military aides and was one of the soldiers among his security details that attacked journalists and protesters during the U.S. – African Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.
Tamba has been accused by rights campaigners of taking part in tortures and killings of citizens.
With Mr. Tamba are two other generals most trusted by Jammeh and aware of his crimes against the state and human rights abuses: Lt. Gen. Sulayman Badjie, Lt. Gen. Umpa Mendy.
Security sources said Lt. Col. Wandifa Barrow, Col. Amadou Joof, Cpt. Ousman Jallow and Sgt. Lamin Nyassi from Jammeh’s elite presidential guard unit also left the country to Equatorial Guinea.
Regional forces have taken control of the capital, Banjul and secured the seat of the presidency ahead of the new president, Adama Barrow’s arrival.
Jammeh was defeated in the polls and now stands accused of crimes against the state and human rights abuses. The country’s treasury is reportedly empty with the former ruler making away at least US$12 million.