Two soldiers of The Gambia Armed Forces have detained on drug possession and smuggling related allegations. The two soldiers are lance corporals: Alhagie Nyabally and Amadou Jammeh. They used to work at the Kanilai army battalion, prior to their recent arrest. They have been under detention since March 6th 2020. They are yet to be charged or taken before any army tribunal. They are detained at the Fajara barracks.
The arrest of Nyabally and Jammeh, followed a recent major drug bust in Kanilai. An army bus had earlier left Kanilai and was heading to the Kombos. The bus was later commandeered by the military police station in Kanilai, and the driver was asked to return to base. Military Police Officer Staff Sergeant Ben and colleagues were said to have conducted search on the bus. An unspecified quantity of the locally grown cannabis (marijuana) was found under the seats of the bus.
The Kanilai military base is a headed by Lt. Colonel Krubally. Lieutenant Mams Barry is said to be the commander of military police in Kanilai.
Nyabally and Jammeh were later handed to the military police headed by Wassa Camara. They were processed and later detained at the Fajara barracks. The duos are still under custody. They are being held together with Lance Corporal Nuha Conteh, the soldier, who was recently arrested for opening fire at the Kalagi police station. Conteh too is being held on drug possession and trafficking charges.
Sources said the detained soldiers have been selling drugs to help feed their families, and take care of their immediate domestic needs.
It is not clear if the confiscated drugs were from the Southern province of Casamance, but sources said drug trafficking is now becoming prevalent in the country. Some soldiers could be seen throwing away drugs from the bus, while it was being escorted to the Kanilai base.
Also detained at the Fajara barracks are the following soldiers: Lance Corporal Wandi Camara, of the GAF training school, and Lance Corporal Gibril Ceesay. Camara and Ceesay have been detained on allegations of stealing the COVID-19 rice food aid. The stolen rice was later recovered. They are yet to be charged.