There is no second-guessing the fact that former President Yahya Jammeh had absolute power and was in total control of every institution in the Gambia.
Bankers are telling a commission looking into Jammeh’s financial dealings that instructions from the ex-leader cannot be disobeyed even if they violated protocol.
Karamo Jawara, Principal Banking Officer of the Central Bank of The Gambia said bankers were faced did not have the luxury to reject Jammeh’s requests.
Jammeh has used the Central Bank as his personal piggy bank where he collected millions were. He is alleged to have snatched at least $12 million from the bank before fleeing to exile.
Those that resisted Jammeh’s orders were subjected to prosecution, enforced disappearances, detention without trial, and if lucky fired from their post.
Jammeh left a power vacuum facilitating the wiring of millions and closing of several bank accounts after his abrupt departure from power.
Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist and cracked a whip on any opposition to his government. The intelligence agency and a special paramilitary force were used to instill fear in the population.