State House financial audit uncovers 105 individual accounts used to ‘steal’

State House financial audit uncovers 105 individual accounts used to ‘steal’

Gambian authorities have uncovered at least 105 bank accounts in the executive office of the Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, used to steal millions from the state.

The bank accounts were in the names of staffers of the former autocratic ruler, mostly his close aides and include junior officers of The State House.

“There is an ongoing financial audit exercise at the Office of the President, which so far has revealed that government monies were going to personal accounts,” said Press Secretary Amie Bojang Sisohore.

“The audit disclosed that 105 bank accounts of government belong to individual civil servants.”

Jammeh was defeated in the polls last year and fled to Equatorial Guinea. He is accused of fleeing with at least $50 million leaving the country nearly insolvent.

A court in The Gambia has ordered for the freezing of his assets affecting more than a 100 landed properties, 88 bank accounts, and 14 companies.

Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow has vowed to reform the civil service and says financial discipline, including in The State House is needed to curb corruption and theft.

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