Gambia junta leader implicated in the murder of a former minister meets new leader

Gambia junta leader implicated in the murder of a former minister meets new leader

A former military leader and now senior official of the West African economic community implicated in the murder of a former Gambian minister met with President Adama Barrow.

Edward Singhateh, Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission was among five Lieutenants of the Gambia’s army that overthrew the government of Sir Dawda Jawara, giving birth to the country’s 22-year dictatorship.

Singhateh who served as vice president of the Gambia allegedly conspired to murder Finance Minister Koro Ceesay, driving his car to a forest and setting him ablaze.

The former APRC junta official was selected by Gambia’s exiled autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh to become ECOWAS Vice President. He accompanied ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel de Souza to Banjul for a meeting with the new authorities.

Gambia’s new government is investigating human rights abuses, including the torture and killing of citizens by Jammeh’s regime, which Mr. Singhateh brought to power.

Although his role was not publicly shown in ending the political impasse that nearly slipped the Gambia into civil war, Singhateh led talks with ECOWAS defense chiefs in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, where the plan to military oust Jammeh was finalized.

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