U.S. authorities have confirmed the killing of two of its citizens, who were in the West African nation of the Gambia to start an IT company, family members say.
Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe returned to their native Gambia where they were arbitrarily arrested by spy agents of the ousted regime, who suspected them of planning to overthrow the government of autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Ceesay and Jobe’s families denied that the two best friends were in Gambia, mainland Africa’s smallest nation, to ousted Mr. Jammeh’s regime.
Jammeh’s administration repeatedly denied having the two Americans, although the families were holding on to hopes that they were alive after reports that they were held captive in an island prison in north-central Gambia.
Gambia’s former Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Samsudeen Sarr, took a swipe at former U.S. National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who was pressuring Jammeh to have the American released.
According to Mr. Sarr, there are no records of Ceesay and Jobe legally entering the Gambia and accused the two of being in contact with some presidential guard soldiers.
Some members of a special paramilitary hit squad, the Jungulars, who were only answerable to Jammeh have been arrested by authorities and helping investigators.
Security sources familiar with the case said Ceesay and Jobe were mutilated before being buried in a village close to the former president’s private residence in the Gambia’s Foni region.
A military general, Saul Badjie, who is named as the officer who led and coordinated their arrest have fled to Equatorial Guinea with ex-President Jammeh.
Jammeh lost the December 2016 elections to opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow. Since his inelegant ouster, Gambian authorities have open investigations into some 30 missing people that were held by his regime.