Ahead of Gambia’s much talked about Presidential elections slated for December, 2nd 2016, Gambia’s iron fist dictator Yahya Jammeh, has secured a fighter jet, which is equipped with modern scanners, and cameras, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The jet has been spotted around the West Coast Region, Banjul, Foni, and in the Nuimis. It also flies around the airport and its surrounding areas.
The new fighter jet, white in color, is manned by personnel of The Gambia Armed Forces, including some Arabs. The crew’s main task is to patrol strategic security locations within the country including densely populated forests in the country . The plane doesn’t fly more than one thousand feet in some instances.
Communities in Barra, and elsewhere in the country, have reported about the presence of the fighter jet in their respective communities. The jet is causing alarm in some communities. Residents are concerned about the plane’s constant navigation around their communities.
A crew member, who is familiar with the jet’s mission said the jet started patrolling the length and breadth of the country some couple of weeks ago. He said Yahya Jammeh bought the plane purposely to fortify his security ahead of the 2016 elections. Jammeh is determined to cling onto power. He is going to use force to prolong his stay in government.
The fighter jet is another form of a satellite. It can detect the presence of humans in the bushes; and disperse crowds. The Arab nationals overseeing the training of the GAF personnel, have already certified certain members of GAF qualified to fly the jet.
The totalitarian Jammeh regime is yet to inform Gambians about the presence of such fighter jet in the country. It would cost several millions of dalasi to maintain that fighter jet, said a crew member.
In another development, Army officer Salifu Corr, who is in charge of the GAF station in Barra, has curtailed his movements within the Amadalai area. This followed Salifu’s move to lure the families of the December, 30th attackers from Niumi, and the other side of the Senegalese border Karang to be arrested.
Mr. Corr, has been issued with a new official car. He owns a luxurious home in Essau.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai