Gambia: Soldier charged for threatening to kill for Jammeh

Gambia: Soldier charged for threatening to kill for Jammeh

A Gambian soldier has been arraigned before a judge in the capital, Banjul for threatening to kill for the ex-autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh.

Omar Sanneh allegedly made the threats on WhatsApp and took part in demonstrations in Kanilai, in the southwestern region of Foni.

Gambian authorities have charged him with unlawful assembly, incitement of violence and threatening violence.

At least one person has died in the Kanilai uproar in which protesters demanded the withdrawal of West African forces and a return of Jammeh’s seized assets.

Sanneh was granted bail at D1 million dalasis [$25,000 dollars] and the opposition says he’s been targeted for his support of the former ruling party.

Foni has not seen tranquility since Jammeh’s defeat in December. He was forced to flee to exile in January after refusing to step aside.

Three Gambian soldiers have so far been arrested for taking part in post-electoral skirmishes since Jammeh’s departure.

The UN and Gambia’s international partners have called for reforms in its security services, which new president, Adama Barrow admits is plagued by militiamen recruited by the ex-ruler.

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