Edward Jammeh, the local village chief of former President Yahya Jammeh’s home is in hiding are authorities arrest more than a dozen people suspected of leading a protest that turned violent in southwestern Gambia.
Jammeh’s brother, Sainey Jammeh, who is also the subject of an investigation into liquidating Jammeh’s assets from his farm is also in hiding, according to sources.
Sainey was seen in a video threatening to take action to regain control of his brother’s assets frozen by a court in the Gambia last month.
The arrest of 13 people across Kanilai have been confirmed by the police and detained in various police stations outside the Gambia’s island capital, Banjul.
Demonstrators from Kanilai and other villages from the Foni and Casamance region protested the stationing of West African forces in the region, where the ousted leader still has a strong backing.
Gambian authorities say soldiers were attacked by the protesters, some of whom were carrying a locally made firearm called ‘kartous.’
At least one person has died and several people injured including three ECOMIG and Gambian soldiers in clashes with the demonstrators, Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty said.
Foni has seen unrest since Jammeh’s unceremonious departure. The former leader is accused of siphoning billions during his rule and fleeing with more than $50 million to Equatorial Guinea.