News reaching the Freedom Newspaper revealed that the former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency Lamin Bo Badjie has absconded from the jurisdiction of The Gambia. Mr. Badjie was among the so called “pardoned” prisoners by The Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh. He is believed to have fled to neighboring Senegal. Mr. Badjie was jailed in connection with the alleged failed 2009 coup led by the former Army Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Lang Tombong Tamba.
The NIA is reported to have initiated a vigorous search to locate Mr. Bo Badjie, following his alleged absconding from the country. Mr. Badjie and co “pardoned” prisoners” were placed under surveillance by the State. But the joint security surveillance team assigned to monitor the Talinding born native lost track of him at the eleventh hour prior to his escape to Senegal.
Competent sources within the NIA are hinting that Mr. Badjie was aided to abscond from the jurisdiction of The Gambi, by the NIA DG Yankuba Badjie and General Saul Badjie. Sources said the two Badjie brothers have been very instrumental in aiding the “pardoned” prisoners to leave the country unnoticed.
The Banjul based Point Newspaper quoted Bo Badjie during his trial as having said that “on the 21st of November 2009 at around 1 am, while in bed, a person knocked on his door. He said, while he was dressing up, his house door was forcefully opened, and that he rushed to the parlour to put the lights on, only to see some security officers.”
“I enquired what happened at that time of the night, and they told me that they have come for me. I appealed to them to give me time to talk to my wife, and they refused and rushed into my bedroom. Then I was taken directly to Mile 2 Central Prisons,” Bo told the court during last Thursday’s hearing,” he further testified.
He said: “On 29th November 2009, I was picked up from Mile 2 Central Prisons to the NIA headquarters in Banjul, where I appeared before a panel, which comprises the Director General of NIA with some others. I was asked about the 21st March 2006 foiled coup. I was further asked how I came to know about the coup, and what role I played. I told the panel that I had the information from an operative (named withheld) and another informant, who is also a serving member of GAF.”
“They asked me to reveal my informant and the operative’s name, and I insisted that I will not reveal their names unless I had the DG of NIA and two other persons, for security reasons. They insisted that I should reveal their names, and I also refused to tell them their names, for their safety,” he stated.
He said it was the operative himself, who was part of the panel, who told them that he was the one who had informed him (Bo Badjie) about the foiled coup attempt. He adduced that at the material time he was a 2nd Lt. and the Director of Intelligence and Security of GAF.
In the same report, Mr. Lamin Bo Badjie denied communicating with the late Kukoi Samba Sanyang. Badjie was brutally tortured while under the custody of the state. He is the latest officer to have absconded to Senegal.