A Gambian court has ordered for the freezing of former dictator Yahya Jammeh’s assets.  The court also heard that Jammeh has stolen monies amounting to $50 million United States dollars, from Gamtel, Gambia’s main telecommunication company. Gambia’s Justice Minister Baa Tambadou told journalists on Monday, during a news conference that the funds were stolen from Gamtel’s main telecommunication gateway by Jammeh. “ President Jammeh personally or ordered his aides to make the unlawful withdrawal amounting to $50 million from accounts held at the Central Bank of the Gambia. We have today obtained a court order freezing or placing a temporary hold on the known assets in the country of president Yahya Jammeh and the companies associated with him,” Mr. Tambadou said.

Among the Jammeh assets frozen include: The Kanilai Group International, Kanilai Bakery and Kanilai Farms. Livestock animals the former dictator reared were also seized by the court pending further action.

The Justice Minister also said 131 properties associated with Jammeh’s name; 88 bank accounts; 14 companies belonging to the dictator have been frozen. Although, there was no mention as to how much money was found on the frozen bank accounts. 

There was also no mention of Jammeh’s assets overseas frozen in the court order. Justice Ministry officials are making efforts to trace Jammeh’s international assets and stolen wealth stashed in overseas bank accounts.  

Mr. Jammeh is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea with his wife, Mom and family. He has since kept a low profile by avoiding the public view. He was recently seen working on a farmland allocated to him by the Equatorial Guinea president. 

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

Join The Conversation