The Gambia has issued a wanted notice for at least 36 former officials, mostly ex-soldiers loyal to the defeated longtime ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
The wanted notice came about just a week after two of Jammeh’s most trusted military generals entered the country and allowed to go free. The incident raised concerns about the security of the nation under the new leader, Adama Barrow.
“The wanted list was actually compiled after the issue of Gen. Ansumana Tamba and Gen. Umpa Mendy. The list has been given to all the security heads in the entry points across the country,” a security source said.
A look at the wanted list includes some military officers who are already in detention but the majority of those on the list have gone into hiding since Jammeh’s unceremonious ouster last year.
Jammeh and many of his loyalists are wanted in The Gambia for human rights abuses and crimes against the state. Jammeh ruled the Gambia with an iron fist for two decades.
Barrow has said he wants to extradite and prosecute Jammeh, who is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea if a national inquiry looking at human rights abuses recommends it.
Those on the Gambia’s wanted list are: Lt. Col. Solo Bojang, Gen. Umpa Mendy, Warrant Officer Class 1 Malick Manga, Warrant Officer Class 1 Nfansu Nyabally, Lt. Col. Sana Manjang, Maj. Modou Jarjue, Maj. Landing Tamba, Maj. Kawsu Camara, Staff Sgt. Saikouba Jarjue, Staff Sgt. Sulayman Sambou, Lt. Col. Nuha Badjie, Capt. Mustapha Sanneh, Capt. Michael Kora, Capt. Michael Jatta, Gen. Ansumana Tamba, Gen. Bora Colley, and Lt. Gen Sulayman Badjie.