18 April 2011

Gambia News: Five Military Men Missing for Nine Months

Daily News - Five military men have been missing for nine months. They are being detained at the State Central Prison of Mille 2 in Banjul; reliable sources informed The Daily News.
The missing military men are identified as: Warrant Officer (WO2) Bai Lowe, Staff Sergeant Abdoulie Jallow, Lance Corporal Sang Mendy, Lance Corporal Antony Mendy and ex-lance Corporal Abdoulie Sarr.
They were arrested since July 8, 2010 at the military post in President Jammeh’s native village of Kanilai, our sources revealed. 
The Daily News could not confirm the reason for their arrest.  And family members of the detained soldiers said, for nine months, they have not been in touch with their loved ones and could not trace their whereabouts.
“We have no idea why they have been arrested and we do not know where they are being held in custody,” a relative to one of the detained military officers whose identity is hidden for security reasons told The Daily News.
 The Daily News had earlier in February, contacted the military spokesperson to confirm the story. But he, instead, asked for more details such as the names of the detainees, before he could comment on the story.
This was done and when he was contacted on Saturday 16 April, the army spokesman Bojang asked this reporter to meet him at the army headquarters in Banjul.
Author: Saikou Ceesay

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