As Jammeh Departs Gmbia, $11Million Missing from Gambia’s Treasury

Jammeh-3Former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has been accused of allegedly looting $11 million from the country’s treasury following his exit.

According to the BBC, more than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said.

The report further stated that financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as Mr Jammeh left the country.

The former President Jammeh has not made any statement over the new revelation. After 22 years in power, Mr. Jammeh flew into exile on Saturday.

He had refused to accept election results but finally left after mediation by regional leaders and the threat of military intervention. President Barrow remains in neighbouring Senegal and it is not clear when he will return.

However, West African troops entered the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Sunday to prepare for his arrival. Cheering crowds gathered outside the State House to watch soldiers secure the building.

The Senegalese general leading the joint force from five African nations said they were controlling “strategic points to ensure the safety of the population and facilitate.

Mr. Fatty told reporters in the Senegalese capital Dakar that The Gambia was in financial distress.

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

He said Mr. Jammeh had made off with more than $11m in the past two weeks alone.

Mr. Fatty said officials at The Gambia’s main airport had been told not to let any of Mr. Jammeh’s belongings leave the country.

Reports said some of the former leader’s goods were in Guinea where Mr. Jammeh had stopped on his journey into exile.

Mr. Jammeh is reported to now be in Equatorial Guinea, although authorities there have not confirmed it. The former leader had initially accepted Mr Barrow’s election win on 1 December, but later alleged “irregularities” and called for a fresh vote.

The move was internationally condemned and the UN-backed Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) issued an ultimatum for him to quit or be removed by force.

SOURCE: www.tori.ng

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