Gambia warns guardians of Jammeh properties, urges citizens to alert authorities

Gambia warns guardians of Jammeh properties, urges citizens to alert authorities

The Gambia is calling on its citizens, who have any information on the assets of the former president, Yahya Jammeh to tip off authorities.

It also warned guardians of Jammeh’s properties to reveal assets in their possession or may face prosecution.

“Any person who is in possession of assets purportedly belonging to former President Yahya Jammeh and who fails to disclose this may be committing an offense,” said Attorney General Aboubacarr Tambadou.

“We, therefore, urge you to approach the nearest police station within 48 hours to report this information.”

Gambia on Monday obtained a court injunction freezing Jammeh’s assets accusing the former ruler of unlawfully withdrawing $50 million from state coffers in the last days of his regime.

Monday’s order was designed to prevent Jammeh “liquidating or dissipating assets,” the minister added, confirming the order applied only to the former leader’s assets in The Gambia.

The court order concerned 88 different bank accounts in Jammeh’s name or those of his associates, Tambadou told journalists, along with 14 companies linked with the former strongman.

Three of Jammeh’s brothers were arrested and charged with theft after selling his cows, according to the police spokesperson, Foday Conta.

Jammeh fled The Gambia to Equatorial Guinea after a two-month-long political standoff. He was defeated in the election last year by the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow and refused to cede power.

West African troops were deployed by regional powers to back Barrow, who was installed as president in January. But before Jammeh left, he allegedly withdrew at least $50 million (D2 billion) from state coffers and shipped luxury cars and goods to his safe haven.

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