President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia leaves a polling station in the capital, Banjul on Dec. 1, 2016

Gambia’s military police arrest Jammeh’s hit squad

At least six members of Gambia’s former paramilitary unit, Jungulars, who are accused of covertly killing and torturing his perceived enemies were arrested by military police, sources close to the military chief said.

Jungulars were only answerable to former President Yahya Jammeh to do this sordid work on his behalf with impunity.

Jammeh’s government had ignored repeated calls by the UN to appoint a judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the hit squad.

Amadou Badjie, Lamin Badjie, Abdoulie Jallow, Anthony Mendy were among Gambian soldiers handed over to the police by military chief Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie, and helping with investigations.

Gambian authorities under Jammeh routinely targeted voices of dissent, including journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents and critics, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has declared that the “rule of fear” is over in the country. The police are arresting those implicated in gross human rights violation. It’s former spy chief Yankuba Badjie has been charged and remanded for the murder of an opposition activist.

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