Gambia’s immigration department has denied issuing passports with fake names to soldiers loyal to former President Yahya Jammeh, who are now on the run from the Western African nation.
Reports say Lt. Col. Sanna Manjang and some other soldier accused of crimes against the state and human rights abuses fled the country after Jammeh was forced to leave power, and were given passports with fake names.
Immigration department Spokesperson Ousman Manneh said Mr. Manjang has been issued a service and ordinary passport but both has his legal names on them.
Service passports, also called official passports are issued to government employees for work-related travel, and their accompanying dependants, putting into question why it was given to Lt. Col. Sanna Manjang without proper authorization.
Manajng with at least half a dozen other soldiers is said to be complicit in the torture, killing and detention of Jammeh’s political opponents, perceived enemies, journalists and rights defenders.
They were part of a special paramilitary hit squad sanctioned by Jammeh.
The former commander of the squad Brigadier General Bora Colley has been detained by Senegalese authorities and the country’s former Interior Minister Ousman Sonko is also being held by Swiss authorities.