The mother of a U.S. citizen who was killed on the orders of the Gambia’s dictator, Yahya Jammeh wants the ousted ruler extradited to the West African nation and his assets frozen.
Mamie Ceesay is the mother of Alhagie Ceesay, who traveled to the Gambia with his friend, Ebou Jobe to start a “cashew nut” firm.
Ceesay and Jobe were initially reported to be in the country to start a software and IT company in a country, whose president at the time was wary of U.S. involvement and paranoid.
Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea, a country ruled by one of Africa’s last remaining dictator, Theodore Obiang. He lost elections last year and regional troops were deployed to depose him after he refused to cede power.
Equatorial Guinea is one of the few countries that is not a member of the International Criminal Court and may refuse to comply with any rulings to have Jammeh surrendered.
Gambian authorities say Jammeh siphoned billions from the state leaving the country in debt and nearly insolvent. He owns businesses and mansions in the U.S., Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
“His assets should be frozen. He and all those who took part in torturing and killing people should have their assets frozen and brought back to the Gambia to face justice,” said Mamie Ceesay.
She had made a promise to her son – that justice will be done for him and all those who were tortured, maimed and killed by the former regime.
Police investigators say a former member of Jammeh’s hit squad revealed Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe were allegedly mutilated and thrown into a well inside the presidential compound in Kanilai, Jammeh’s native village.
A group local vigilantes have prevented the police from accessing the compound, where three Gambian soldiers were shot last month after denying regional troops access.