At least eight companies belonging to a so-called Gambian prince have been the target of a corruption and human rights abuse sanction by U.S. authorities.
U.S. citizens are barred from doing business with the Royal Africa Holding and its subsidiaries: Africada Airways, Royal Africa Capital Holding, Africada Financial Service & Bureau de Change, Africada Micro-Finance Ltd, Africada Insurance Company, Kora Media Corporation, Palm Grove Africa Dev’t Corp., and Royal Africa Securities Brokerage.
The companies are supposedly owned by Ebrahim Sanyang, who claims to be a prince, although The Gambia has no kingdoms. It has been uncovered that the companies operated for former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh.
A court in Banjul, The Gambian capital last year seized Jammeh’s assets, which included Sanyang’s companies targeted by the U.S. authorities.
However, Sanyang last month said his Africada Airways has unveiled a 15 passenger Dassault Falcon 900B VIP jet at the Banjul International Airport, urging the Gambia’s government to charter flights from him.
He has distanced himself from former President Jammeh, who had called his father and whose government he had defended. But the brother of ex-President Jammeh and Sanyang’s business associates, Ansumana Jammeh said Royal Africa Holding and its subsidiaries were just ideas that have not started off.
Jammeh is currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea after losing in the presidential elections last year. Much of Jammeh’s tenure was trailed by allegations of human rights abuses as the autocrat held onto to power for more than two decades.
Jammeh was also linked with corrupt dealings and has been accused of looting the state coffers before finally giving up power earlier this year. One of the properties amassed by Jammeh is a $3.5 million 9,000 square feet home in Potomac, Maryland.