At least four presidential guards soldiers in former First Lady Zineb Jammeh’s security detail have been arrested by regional troops.
Their names have not been released by authorities. The military officers accompanied the ex-first family to exile and tried to return to The Gambia.
Members of Jammeh’s elite presidential guard are the most accused of carrying out tortures, killings and enforced detentions.
Zineb Jammeh, 39, has been accused of crimes against that state. She is said to have illegally amassed wealth. The former first lady chartered flights to the America and Europe where she spent millions of dollars in shopping malls.
Mrs. Jammeh often stays at a US$3.5 million mansion, owned by the former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh.
A former bodyguard to the first lady was killed in a covert operation ordered by Jammeh. Military sources said President Jammeh suspected Ello Jallow of having an affair with his wife.
Zineb Jammeh is Guinean-Moroccan and controls most of the former Gambian ruler’s assets. The Jammeh’s have businesses and mansions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang has called for a national asset recovery and investigation to be launched.
“His wife is a gold-digger. She has emptied our coffers. Each time you see her here it’s to empty our coffers,” she told the Guardian as the chair of the coalition that defeated Jammeh in last month’s election.
The demoralized first family fled the Gambia to exile in Equatorial Guinea after robbing the treasury of US$12 million and airlifting luxury cars and goods in a cargo plane.