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‘Missing millions’ after Gambia’s Jammeh flies into exile

By on January 23, 2017

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

Luxury cars and other items were seen being loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane on the night Mr Jammeh left 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.

Mr Jammeh flew into exile on Saturday, ending his 22 years in power. Jammeh, who is accused of serious rights violations, led his country for 22 years but refused to accept defeat in a December election. Rights groups accuse him of jailing, torturing and killing his political opponents while acquiring a vast fortune – including luxury cars and an estate in the United States – as most of his people remained impoverished.

Jammeh’s decision to step down has prompted speculation over the terms agreed during two days of negotiations led by Guinea’s President Alpha Conde and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania. “President Jammeh and his team concocted a declaration to be endorsed by (regional bloc) ECOWAS, the United Nations and the African Union that gave him every guarantee, essentially impunity,” Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye said.

Adama Barrow, who was sworn in as president at Gambia’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday, remains in Dakar 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.

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