Gambia’s new government on Tuesday revoked the diplomatic passports of at least 270 former officials, including that of the former president and his family.
The revocation of the passports came barely two weeks after reports that disgraced ex-First Lady Zineb Jammeh was traveling using the document.
Yahya Jammeh was defeated in last year’s election and forced to flee to Equatorial Guinea, where President Theodore Obiang gave him a safe haven.
Gambian authorities have frozen Jammeh’s assets following allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.
Jammeh’s regime indiscriminately gave Gambian diplomatic passports to his friends and associates, including the controversial preacher, Zakir Naik.
Passports also being used by his trusted military generals who have joined him in Malabo were also revoked.
It is the first major attempt by Gambian authorities to ground Jammeh and his family in Equatorial Guinea amid reports of his loyalists plotting to make the small West African nation ungovernable.
Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has said he is not ruling out Jammeh’s extradition from Equatorial Guinea after investigations into his assets and human rights abuses end.
Jammeh had a long track record of using killings, arbitrary arrests, threats, enforced disappearance, and torture to silence opposition voices.
He left Barrow with enormous challenges to rebuild the country’s broken economy and long-neglected institutions, especially the judiciary and the army.