SIS agents arrested a senior communication officer working at the state-owned telephone company, GAMTEL in Banjul, over possible ties to an aide to ex-President Yahya Jammeh, security sources say.
Tombong Tamba was arrested by the state secret agents for reportedly communicating with one of the members of Jammeh’s entourage in Equatorial Guinea.
Tamba was detained for questioning and later released, our sources confirmed, but he has been suspended from work while investigations into his calls to Equatorial Guinea are ongoing.
He has been released from detention and he told investigators that he was in contact with his wife, whose mother was sick and had passed recently.
Tamba’s wife, whose name has not been disclosed was among dozens of people that fled the country with Jammeh following his shocking loss in last year’s polls.
Jammeh left the country with some his most trusted aides and Gambian security agencies have been on high alert amid reports of an external armed opposition to destabilize the country.
The SIS is at the center of an alleged human rights violation. A soldier, thought to be loyal to former President Jammeh has been purportedly subjected to torture while being interrogated by its agents.