The Gambia’s chief envoy to Sierra Leone, Ingram Femi Peters Sr. has died, just a year after his release from prison, his son, Ingram Peters Jr. wrote on his social media Sunday.
Peters Sr. was appointed the West African nation’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone in May and presented his credentials to President Ernest Bai Koroma in September. He died in Freetown.
“God giveth, God taketh away. Praise be His name. Rest your soul. Ingram Reginald Olufemi Peters Sr. You’ll never be one phone call away. See when I get there,” Peters Jr. wrote.
Femi Peters is the fourth person that was jailed by the autocratic regime of Yahya Jammeh since the April 2016 opposition protests to have died.
Peters and all the three others that have died were jailed with the country’s then-opposition leader and now Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe. They were freed from prison in December 2016 following the election upset that brought President Adama Barrow to power.
Lamin Marong and Ebrima Ceesay are among the first freed political prisoners to die of suspected health complications they suffered while being jailed amid reports of torture and poisoning.
Peters was the Organizing Secretary of the UDP, the party that was the Gambia’s main opposition group fighting Jammeh’s repressive regime for two decades. He was arrested, detained and jailed by the then government at least a dozen times.