PORTS WORKER ALLEGEDLY LINKED TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING CLAIMS TO BE A SUPPORTER OF THE UDP PARTY-A PURPORTED WHATSAPP AUDIO REVEALS

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A man identified as Sanna Marong, a supporter of the United Democratic party, has been named in a human trafficking scheme, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Marong, who works at the ports in Banjul, has allegedly facilitated the smuggling of Gambian migrants into Spain.

SANNA MARONG, ON THE PHONE TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE TRAFFICKED TO SPAIN

In a leaked WhatsApp audio, Marong, widely known as Sanna UK,  was purportedly heard talking about the people he assisted to travel to Spain through the risky backway syndrome. He claimed that his business partner was a white European resident in The Gambia. That, they have safely transported people to Spain in two different boats. That, he and his White European business partner normally hire their boat captains from Mbour. Mbour is a Senegalese coastal fishing town. That, they also bought a boat engine from Dakar, Senegal recently. That people interested in being smuggled to Europe, were required to pay thirty (D30,000).

He said his last boat left Barra this past Friday. He also claimed that he had facilitated the departure of two boats from Barra to Spain. He said the majority of the people, who boarded his boat were from Baddibu, and in the Nuimis.

Marong said some of his clients would pay money into his bank account. He claimed that their boat carries seventy people to Spain.

Marong, spoke in the local Mandinka dialect in that WhatsApp message. He was speaking to unnamed person, who allegedly contacted him to help one of his loved ones to be trafficked to Spain. He told the person that he preferred to be contacted on the phone than leaving a WhatsApp voice message on the phone.

Marong is a supporter of the opposition UDP.  He was the UDP Deputy Youth Coordinator in the North Bank Division. He is a native of Essau.

He had to resign from that post to save his employment at the ports. He says he pretends to be a supporter of President Adama Barrow, when he is still a di-heart UDP supporter.

He claimed in the audio message that he is known by his party leader Ousainou Darboe, and Lamin Ndambou Dibba, a former Agriculture Minister in Barrow’s government.

SANNA MARONG, ON THE PHONE TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE TRAFFICKED TO SPAIN

Marong brags about the millions of dalasis he raised from the illegal human trafficking. He told the person he was speaking with on the phone that the business was engaged in was a secret deal, and he wouldn’t want to leave voice messages on Whatsapp.

There was no contact phone number for Mr. Sanna Marong to be reached for comment. A prominent UDP supporter told us that Touray is a member of their party.

“The two boats Sanna has hands in; had safely transported the migrants to Spain. He has denied having anything to do with the recent Mauritanian boat accident,” said a UDP supporter.

The boat Captains have been identified as: Manga Faye, and one Mustapha Corr.

Writing to the Freedom Editor, a concerned Gambia, who wished to remain anonymous said: “Hi, don’t name me, but am from the area. This back-way thing was an open secret within Barra and Essau. Everyone knows about it….the boats are built right opposite the STATE HOUSE which is next to fort Bullen, just by the shore, even when you are on the ferry, you will see those boats…this one had accident but many others sailes through successfully every week 1/2boats left for Europe…sometimes people will come from Senegal to join.”

“People have paid as little as D10,000 so many people could arrange for it…..everyone knows about that including the security, they do get tip every voyage. The CID is called Faal; he is well known. Someone told me that he is also gone. He was part of the previous boat,” the concerned Gambian added.

SANNA MARONG, ON THE PHONE TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE TRAFFICKED TO SPAIN

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