Two bodyguards of the Gambia’s army chief have been arrested by the military police on allegations that they have conspired to kill an unnamed senior government official.
Neno Jarju and Abba Badjie have been named as the arrested soldiers and an investigation into the allegation is ongoing, a military source confirmed.
The two were part of the last group of Gambian soldiers that recently received additional protective detail training at the military’s training school in Yundum, 15 miles outside the capital, Banjul.
Gambia’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh recently made major changes in the army following reports of external threats to the country by military deserters.
An intelligence brief indicated that forces loyal to ex-President Yahya Jammeh remain in contact with some senior officials that are attempting to make the small nation ungovernable.
The brief also cited directed threats to the life of President Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in the elections last year.
At least two dozen Gambian soldiers are being detained for taking part in human rights abuses, most of them for taking part in killing and torturing for Jammeh.
West African troops are protecting President Barrow, senior government officials and state properties. Gambia’s government is trying to push security reforms and rid the system of Jammeh’s loyalists.