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Gambia: Jammeh’s Former Spy Chief Yankuba Badjie Arrested

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By Ganiyat Ganiyu

Gambia, (An24) – Yankuba Badjie, former spy chief to ex-president Yahya Jammeh has been arrested and detained by the Gambian police.

Mr Badjie who was arrested on Monday, February 21, is the first of Mr Jammeh’s security officials to be taken into custody by the new government.

Recall that Jammeh was forced to resign after 22 years in power.

Badjie was director general of the NIA, which rights groups say carried out arbitrary detention, forced disappearances and torture during Jammeh’s 22-year rule which ended in late 2016 after he lost the election to current president, Adama Barrow.

Jammeh fled into exile in Equatorial Guinea last month.

Badjie is “being investigated for certain things that happened during his stint at the NIA,” a source speaking on condition of anonymity told the French news agency AFP.

He is alleged to have personally presided over many torture sessions at the NIA, in the form of rape, electric shock and severe beatings said to have been a common practice.

Badjie reportedly gave orders to torture protesters during peaceful demonstrations by a group of opposition supporters calling for electoral reform in April 2016.

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