Gambian political activist and self-styled presidential hopeful, Sheikh Sedia Bayo has been sued by a five-star hotel in the West African nation for unpaid bills.
Coco Ocean Resort has filed a civil lawsuit against France-based Bayo for refusing to pay $42,738.06 Dollars (D1.71 million Dalasis) for staying in the hotel for two weeks.
Bayo and his entourage stayed in the luxury hotel’s presidential villa and royal suites during his 13 days visit to the Gambia.
According to an affidavit, Bayo and his French partner, Philippe Etienne arrived in a convoy and he was recognized as a one-time presidential hopeful and seen on international television and along side President Adama Barrow during a visit to France.
Tijan Gaye, Administrative Director of the hotel said Mr. Bayo was “dismissive and inaccessible” and was hard to reach with military-styled bodyguards always around him.
Gaye said Bayo’s protocol officer had promised that bills will be settled before departure but they “clandestinely” left the hotel without making any payments.
Bayo had stayed in several such expensive hotels, including the Raddison Blu in Senegal and has always been driven in a convoy with a handful of bodyguards.
Bayo was the leader of the National Transitional Council of the Gambia, a short-lived self-installed government that rivaled the autocratic regime of ex-President Yahya Jammeh.
Mr. Bayo and Mr. Etienne are expected to appear before a judge on July 18 or risk having a ruling made against them.