The Gambian government has detained at least 23 soldiers loyal to former leader Yahya Jammeh for allegedly plotting to revolt against Gambia’s new leader, Adama Barrow.
Local media reported that Military sources and the opposition have confirmed the arrests with further investigations continuing into the alleged revolt plot. More arrests are expected with the leader of the said plot escaping into hiding.
SMBC News quoted an opposition activist, Lamin Tamba as saying that “What they are doing is to create an imbalance and purge the army of anyone they believe was close to the former government without following due process.”
Tamba said “No reasons have been given by the government for detaining these soldiers and they have not been charged or arraigned before a military tribunal, whatsoever. This is political.”
Local media reported that the soldiers in detention are accused of also plotting to assassinate Mr. Barrow.
The soldiers are being detained in various military camps, mostly in Fajara. A cousin and a nephew of Mr. Jammeh are among those detained.
President Adama Barrow is reforming the West African nation ruled by exiled leader, Yahya Jammeh for decades.