Jammeh once infamously told a reporter that he would rule for ‘a billion years’. Photograph: SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

Less than $3K left in Carnegie Central Bank account

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh left less than $2,765.65 (D110,630 dalasis) in the Carnegie account at the Central Bank of The Gambia, an official of the Bank told the Commission probing his assets.

A deposit of $3.87 million (D154.6 million dalasis) was made into the account between 2007 and 2011 and as of January 21, the morning before Jammeh left to exile, $3.86 million (D154.5 million dalasis) was withdrawn, according to Karamo Jawara, Principal Banking Officer.

Jammeh took the last of the money from the Central Bank the morning before he boarded an unmarked private plane that evening to Equatorial Guinea.

He was still in control of the government and left a power vacuum after he left, giving him and his associates time to hide more of his loot hidden in commercial banks.

However, it appeared that some of the transactions from this account saw dozens of tuition fees paid for students, who benefitted from scholarships given by the former leader.

Jammeh is alleged to have fled the country with at least $50 million (D2 billion dalasis). He refused to step aside upon losing elections, starting a political logjam.

The two-month long impasse gave Jammeh the window to amass as much loot as he can. He fled to exile on the evening of January 21 after West African forces marched into the country to flush him out of power.

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