At least four people who went into exile with former President Yahya Jammeh and attempting to return to The Gambia are being detained by Ecomig forces in neighboring Senegal.
Videographer Sankung Fatty, Photographer Ebou Njie, Military Officer Amadou Jammeh and Military Driver Balago [first name unknown] are being held in Karang, a town that borders the Gambia.
They were part of the delegation that traveled with Jammeh to Equatorial Guinea after he was forced to leave unceremoniously.
The former Gambian leader had left them in Conakry, Guinea capital and the men are trying to return to the Gambia. They were reportedly left in a hotel and were given not more than US$100 for their upkeep.
The four are currently being questioned by regional authorities who are helping to stabilize the political turmoil sparked by Jammeh’s refusal to cede power.
At least four other presidential guards soldiers who protected former First Lady Zineb Jammeh are also being detained in Senegal after attempting to re-enter the country.
Jammeh has stayed off the news grid since his exit. He’s being hosted by another ruthless dictator, Theodore Obiang. His former Information Minister Seedy SK Njie also returned to Banjul on Monday but has not been arrested or detained by local authorities.