TRRC Witness Claims Torture

By Ousman A. Marong

Imam Omar Bojang of Jambur village in the West Coast Region has told the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that he was severely tortured by the “Green Boys” during former president Jammeh’s witch hunting exercise in 2009.

He said: “One day, a man came to the village calling my name and insulting my mother. Villagers asked me to go and confront him and I said no! Just allow him to come. He came with a knife and a stick and attempted to stab me. I held his hand and forcefully removed the stick off his hand and beat him and broke his hand twice.”

The 54-year-old was testifying at the TRRC community outreach programme held in his village Jambur on Monday.

He added that the said individual insulted him and described him as foreigner. He informed the Commission that a police officer (PIU) called Lang Luwa Conteh led the “Green Boys” into the village.

He informed the Commission that the Green boys slaughtered a red goat and a red chicken at the cemetery in Jambur. “They dug a hole and buried them.”

He recalled seeing former military officer Solo Bojang accompanying the witch-hunters into his house and they ransacked the place.

“I was arrested together with my visitors who came to attend my mother’s funeral. They took us to the village ‘Bantaba’ and upon arrival at the Bantaba, our former Alkalo informed them that I was the one bringing marabouts from Cassamance in Senegal, to oust former President Jammeh’s government,” he explained.

The witness said they were asked to sit on the ground at the village Bantaba from 2pm to 5pm, when they were escorted to a place in Kololi.

He claimed that they were severely tortured in Kololi and he lost consciousness.

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