Gambia’s police minister has denied ordering the arrest of a whistleblower detained by authorities for releasing classified information.
“I did not authorize the arrest of Lawyer M.O Badgie of the SIS or any other person of interest to law enforcement and I was not consulted prior to his arrest,” said Mai Ahmad Fatty.
Badjie was arrested after a report on nepotism and corruption at the State Intelligence Services was leaked to the press.
The report confirmed longstanding suspicions of loyalists of former President Yahya Jammeh are still embedded within the security services.
Badjie has been released on bail by the police and Fatty said he will not interfere with the investigation and the work of the police.
“I do not grant prior validation to the Police on matters of arrest, detention, investigation or prosecution, or restrained their capacity to do so in the proper exercise of their functions,” said Fatty.
Badjie resisted arrest by special agents from the State Intelligence Services because President Adama Barrow stripped the agency of its powers.
The State Intelligence Services, formerly National Intelligence Agency has been implicated in human rights abuses and crimes against the state.
It is a tightly run organization. There are divisions to check other departments’ work, a strict order of hierarchy, and distinct units to collate, analyze, and distribute intelligence.