Fatoumata-Jahumpa Ceesay

Authorities in the Gambia have arrested and detained a former speaker of the country’s National Assembly.

Fatoumata Jahumpa-Ceesay, 61, was reportedly arrested on today (Thursday) shortly after she returned from Dakar,Senegal, where she serving as an ECOWAS election observer in the recently concluded presidential election.

No reasons have been given for her arrest but is believed to be in connection with police investigations into alleged witness tampering.

Last week, the Ministry of Justice made a complaint to the police expressing concerns by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that Ms Jahumpa-Ceesay and former Jammeh-era Minister Yankuba Touray were either attempting to tamper or interfering with its witness, ex-army Sergeant, Alagie Kanyi, or attempting to pervert the cause of justice by concealing evidence that could potentially incriminate him and junta colleagues in alleged atrocities and extra-judicial executions meted out to citizens.

Touray has since been charged with witness tampering and given a D1 million court bail.