Gambia’s military police have arrested a soldier attached to the army’s intelligence unit in northern Gambia, military sources and his family confirmed.
Corporal Lamin Gibba was arrested since July 16, according to his family and detained by Gambian authorities without any charges.
Cpl Gibba is among six Gambian soldiers arrested for being part of a botched mutiny to upset President Adama Barrow’s administration. They allegedly were hatching the plot on WhatsApp.
He was arrested from his station in Farefenni and now being held at the Yundum Barracks. His family has been allowed visitation.
Gambia’s Army Spokesperson, Cpt Malick Sanyang said investigations are still ongoing and that the men are held under military laws. No decision has been made yet to prosecute the men.
Gambia’s Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe said the country is not taking any chances with its delicate national security amid reports that ex-despotic ruler, Yahya Jammeh’s loyalists are determined to pick up arms to destabilize the small nation.
West African troops are helping the Barrow administration with efforts to stabilize the country and fully returns its security services to normalcy.