Two Americans that went missing in the Gambia were beheaded on the orders of the West African nation’s defeated dictator, Yahya Jammeh, according to police investigators.
Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe had their head severed by Lt. Gen. Saul Badjie, Jammeh’s most trusted military general, who fled with him to exile in Equatorial Guinea.
The U.S. last month confirmed Ceesay and Jobe’s killing to their families after repeated denial by Jammeh’s government that they had the two best friends, who were reportedly in the country to set up a business.
Gambia’s former Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Samsudeen Sarr accused the men of covertly entering the tiny silver of a country to overthrow Jammeh’s government, adding the Obama Administration was being misled by activists in the United States.
Ceesay and Jobe supposedly met with President Jammeh before their arrest and killing.
Investigators were prevented by vigilantes guarding Jammeh’s abandoned presidential compound in southern Gambia from reaching a well where the two American were dumped. The well is said to be within Jammeh’s Kanilai compound, where many of his murdered perceived enemies were thrown.
At least eight former military officers have been indicted for their killing, according to the police, many of them have fled since Jammeh’s defeat in the last election.
Gambia has arrested at least two dozen former officers, who were part of Jammeh’s elite presidential guard for human rights abuses. Human rights campaigners say Jammeh failed to have any of the men prosecuted for killing and torturing citizens.
Gambia’s new government is establishing a truth commission, which is set to probe allegations of human rights abuse under Jammeh’s rule. The Attorney General has vowed to ensure justice for every victim, who have united to open a support center outside the capital.