The presidential guard camp in ex-Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh’s hometown of Kanilai has been turned into a barracks.
The Kanilai garrison has been upgraded into a military battalion, army spokesperson Lt. Col. Omar Bojang confirmed.
A second camp in the eastern Gambian city of Basse has been upgraded to a battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Pierre Mendy and assisted by Major Boto Touray.
The new Kanilai military barracks will be headed by Lt. Col. Sarjo Jarju and assisted by Major Wassa Camara.
Jarju was a personal Mr. Jammeh’s principal bodyguard and was arrested in December 2014 for plotting with dissidents to overthrow Jammeh and return the Gambia to democratic rule.
At least three people died in the early morning raid on the State House in Banjul, including a retired U.S. Army Captain, Njaga Jagne.
Jarju was sentenced to death the following year by a secret court martial but was released in February after Jammeh was fled the country.
Jarju’s new assistant, Major Wassa Camara was also implicated in a coup against Jammeh in 2006 and sentenced to death.
He was released after Jammeh pardoned all hundreds of prisoners, including political prisoners in July 2015.
Jarju and Camara were part of dozens of soldiers that unsuccessfully tried to end Jammeh’s brutal rule, who were reinstated into the army by President Adama Barrow.
Kanilai has been the epicenter of the latest post-Jammeh violence between security forces and Jammeh supporters.
An anti-West African troops protest turned violent leaving one person dead and several people seriously injured in the southwestern village.
Kanilai is strategically located on the Gambia’s southern border with Senegal, where separatist fighters in the Casamance region found a safe haven under Jammeh.