The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), Lt. General Masanneh Kinteh has confirmed the arrest of Brig. General Umpa Mendy and Brig. General Ansumana Tamba, both former aides of the Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh. He said the duo are detained at the Yundum Barracks and are helping the security in their investigations.
The duo and many other security officers close to the former dictator Jammeh disserted the army and fled into exile alongside with him (Jammeh) to Equatorial Guinea on January 21st, last year following his (Jammeh's) defeat in the December 1st 2016 presidential election.
Brig. Gen. Umpa Mendy was the Principal Protection Officer of former president Jammeh, whilst Brig. Gen. Ansumana Tamba was the Commander of the State Guards Battalion of the former president.They have lived with the former president and other presidential security guards in Equatorial Guinea for one year before coming back home.
According to information received regarding their flight schedule, both of them and one Modou Lamin Jarju, a former member of the GAF arrived at the Banjul International Airport on January 19th, around 1:30 am and passed through the routine security checks at the airport without being arrested. They went to their respective homes straight until the following day in the afternoon when the Military Police of GAF arrested Brig. Gen. Umpa Mendy and Brig. Gen. Ansumana Tamba in their respective homes.
It would be recalled that both Mendy and Tamba were part of the officials of the former government whose diplomatic passports were revoked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new government of President Adama Barrow.
Also the Banjul Magistrates' Court had last year issued an arrest warrant against all the jungulars of the former president, who were accused of taking part in the killings and disappearances of some Gambians during the 22-year-rule of former president Jammeh.
Meanwhile, Modou Lamin Jarju is nowhere to be seen as at the time of this publication.
Written by Mamos Tv
Picture; Brig. Gen. Tamba with Jammeh and others at his farm in Eq. Guinea in 2017.