Gambia: Ex-presidential guard soldier ‘killed’ and dumped in well

A Gambian soldier that was part of the country’s disbanded elite presidential guard has been allegedly killed and dumped in a well in the southwestern region of Foni.

Cpl. Babucarr Bah’s remains were discovered in Madiyanna village and the military intelligence department has opened an investigation into his suspected killing.

A postmortem has been carried out on Bah as part of the investigations, which started on Wednesday, according to military sources. He was reportedly beaten to death by a mob and thrown into the well.

“We have not yet concluded exactly what led to his death and under what circumstances he ended up in that well,” Army Spokesperson Major Lamin Sanyang said.

Cpl. Bah was posted to Yundum Barracks, a strategic military installment just outside The Gambia’s only international airport. He was on sick leave at the time of his death.

There have been security concerns in The Gambia over the increase in crimes. But authorities said the media has been freer to report on issues but crime has not increased.

President Adama Barrow has been urged to recall his security chiefs over security lapses that have plagued the country since January. Several armed robberies have occurred and two general that fled the country slipped airport security.

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