Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) in Senegal's capital Dakar, April 2, 2012. Senegal's Macky Sall took his oath as president of the West African country on Monday under the gaze of regional leaders due to hold emergency talks later on the crisis in neighbouring Mali. REUTERS/Joe Penney (SENEGAL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3095X

APRC: Jammeh unaware of 88 bank accounts

The interim leader of the Gambia’s defeated party in last year election are trashing claims by the new government that the former president, Yahya Jammeh owns 88 bank accounts.

Fabakary Tombong Jatta of the APRC said Jammeh is not aware of the bank accounts but fell short of clarifying why the accounts are associated with the ex-leader or his party.

Jammeh’s spokesperson, Seedy SK Njie said he was “baffled and perplexed” by the government’s claim and said authorities lack diligence and sincerity in freezing all the accounts.

A party official [name withheld] confirmed that some of the accounts were fundraising accounts belonging to the APRC party and “had nothing to do with Jammeh directly.”

Gambian authorities have cleared that the court order they obtained was not just meant for accounts and properties directly belonging to Jammeh but also those associated with him.

Jammeh, 52, ruled the Gambia with an iron fist and had total control of the economy and businesses. His party had an absolute majority until his defeat in the December 1 elections.

The new government is accusing him of financial mismanagement and corruption. He is alleged to have swindled billions during his more than two decades rule of the tiny state.

Jammeh is living a quiet life in the Central African nation of Equatorial Guinea, where he was given a safe haven by President Theodore Obiang.

He has not responded to the accusations against him by the government of his political rival, President Adama Barrow and has not given any press interviews since his uncolorful ouster.

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