Gambia: Former President Jammeh Was Scared of Sanna B. Sabally – Singhatey

By Ousman A. Marong

Edward David Singhatey, former Vice Chairman of the defunct Gambia Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) has told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) that former President Yahya Jammeh was scared of Sanna B. Sabally.

“Jammeh was petrified and scared by Sanna B. Sabally and he was left with no option than to have him arrested and taken to the Mile ll central prison,” he said.

According to him, he was informed by former President Yahya that Mr. Sabally wanted to depose him, tie him up and take him to the Mile ll.

Singhatey made these revelations at Dunes Hotel in his testimony before the Commission.

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“There was bad blood between me and Sanna. There was a longstanding rift between us. The rift started at a time when Sanna seized one of the vehicles belonging to one businesswoman. The second rift appeared when I was away on mission and Sanna called my brother Peter and requested for my official vehicle. Peter told him I (Edward) normally leave the keys of the vehicles with my mother anytime I travel. He (Sanna) told Peter to ask my mother to release the keys or else he would send truck filled with solders to arrest her,” he explained.

He said he cutoff his trip short to come back and former President Jammeh called for Council meeting and he (Edward) confronted Sanna and he (Sanna) apologized.

 He alleged that former President Jammeh informed him that he (Jammeh) was told by marabouts that Sanna B. Sabally together with Sadibou Hydara were planning to overthrow him.

He informed the Commission that former President Jammeh buried white ram alive in order to ward off security threats from fellow junta members such as Captain Sanna B. Sabally and Captain Sadibou Hydara.

“He (Jammeh) took me to the garden just behind the State House and told me that we were supposed to sacrifice a ram by burying it alive. He took the ram in the garden and some soldiers dug a ditch in which the ram was buried alive,” explained the witness.

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