Gambia: 27 dead bodies exhumed – says OJ

Omar Jallow, alias OJ- PPP Leader has disclosed that the Gambia's security services have so far exhumed a total of 27 death bodies that were secretly buried during the Jammeh’s rule. He said the remains are currently at the...

Omar Jallow, alias OJ- PPP Leader has disclosed that the Gambia’s security services have so far exhumed a total of 27 death bodies that were secretly buried during the Jammeh’s rule. He said the remains are currently at the mortuary at the RVTH in Banjul for verification purposes. He said these were people killed during Jammeh’s tenure in office, through extrajudicial executions.

He added that the security services are investigating killings and atrocities committed by the Jammeh government and the public will be informed. He said a  broadcast on the bodies recovered will be aired after full investigation is concluded, and that the law will take its course.

Hon. Jallow who was addressing political rallies in the Kanifing Municipality, Banjul and in the Central River Region respectively, said the remains of the diseases were traced because those who committed the crimes confessed.

He expressed the need for inculcation of good attitudes and conducts in life to avoid regrets in future.

Mr Jallow who is also The Gambia’s Agriculture Minister accused the Jammeh government of gross human rights violations, adding that lot of potential Gambians were killed during his 22 years in office, while others went missing.

He accused former President Yahya Jammeh of giving hundreds of thousands of dollars and luxury cars to foreign artists, and other outsiders, while leaving the country’s youth unemployed.

“How many youth could have been employed out of the thousands of dollars given to Saikouba Bambino, Kumba Gawlo, and Oumu Saine, as well the luxury cars given, including to the Guinea President,” he asked.

He further said Dawda Jawara led The Gambia to Independence in 1965, but Jammeh came through coup, and destroyed the good things that the PPP regime did for the country, killing people, and forcing young Gambians to run from their own country, travelling through the back-way to Europe, as they are hopeless, feel unsafe and are embarrassed to live poorly in their homeland, he said. 

Written By Madi S Njie, Banjul

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