(JollofNews) – A magistrate court in the Gambian capital, Banjul, Thursday granted a government request to issue a warrant for the arrest of former Interior minister Ousman Sonko, who is currently detained by Swiss authorities.
A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of six other senior military officials and close associates of former president Yahya Jammeh including General Sulayman (Saul) Badjie, Ex-Colonel Solo Bojang, Major Sanna Manjang, General Bora Colley, Colonel Kawsu Camara aka Bombardier and Major Nuha Badjie.
The men are said to have allegedly taken part in the killings and other criminal activities against Gambians during Mr Jammeh’s regime including the murder of Journalist Deyda Hydara of The Point Newspaper in December 2004.
Mr Jammeh who governed the Gambia for 22 years was booted out power in January 2017 after a shock defeat in the presidential election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow. He is currently living in exile in Equatorial Guinea with his wife and family as part of a deal brokered by regional group, Ecowas.
He ruled the small west African country with an iron fist and during his last year in power, his regime is said to have committed many human rights abuses with impunity including enforced disappearances, arrest, torture and murder of political opponents resulting in the creation of a more restrictive environment for Gambians in the country including journalists and government critics.
As part of the warrant, police have instructed all security apparatus in the country to ‘arrest the men wherever they may be and produce them before the court to stand trial’.
The general public has also been asked to report the sighting of any of the men to the nearest police station for their immediate arrest.