Abductors of Mahawa Cham, Saul Ndow arrested

Abductors of Mahawa Cham, Saul Ndow arrested

At least two people accused of helping former President Yahya Jammeh to kidnap a businessman and a former lawmaker are said to be in custody, helping the police with investigations.

Lawu Jarju from Kaing Nema and Swanding Camara from Brikama were arrested last week in connection with the disappearance of Mahawa Cham and Saul Ndow.

Cham and Ndow were abducted in April 2013 in the southern Senegal region of Casamance, where Jammeh allied with separatist rebels seeking independence from the north.

The border between The Gambia and Senegal are porous making it easy for those abducted to be smuggled across unofficial border crossings into Gambia.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has ordered the release of all political prisoners but the Cham and Ndow families are yet to be reunited with their loved ones.

Ndow and Cham were implicated in a 2006 coup led by former military chief Col. Ndure Cham [no relations to Mahawa Cham]. Col. Cham has also been reportedly abducted and killed by a special paramilitary squad sanctioned by Jammeh, the Jungulars.

(Reporting by Ebrima Sillah; Writing by Sam Phatey; Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)

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