The Gambia: ‘millions missing’ after Jammeh’s exit

Ebun Francis with agency report

Mai Ahmad Fatty, an adviser to Gambia’s President, Adama Barrow has accused disgraced former President Yahya Jammeh, currently in Exile in Equatoria Guinea of looting the Country’s treasury. Fatty said in Senegal over the weekend  that more than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from the Country’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh. The exact amount may not be known for now.

It is also being reported that that Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane that accompanied jammeh into exile.

According to Fatty, “The coffers are virtually empty.”  “It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”

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He told reporters in  Dakar that The Gambia was in financial distress.

President Barrow remains in neighbouring Senegal as West African troops who entered the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Sunday prepare for his arrival.

After 22 years in power, Mr Jammeh flew into exile on Saturday following pressure from the United Nation and West African leaders.