Gambia’s Exiled Leader Reportedly Leaves with $11M
Gambian officials say the central bank is intact after reports that former president Yahya Jammeh took $11 million from state coffers before exiting the country, according to EWN.
On Saturday, Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea. He ruled Gambia for 22 years. A West African regional force had been launched to remove him from the country, but paused to allow for negotiations mediated by Guinean President Alpha Conde and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania.
According to diplomats and government sources, Jammeh used that time to attempt to negotiate immunity from prosecution for alleged abuses. An advisor for incoming President Adama Barrow also says he loaded up a cargo plane with luxury goods.
While Jammeh denied allegations of torture and killing opponents while in power, his repressive rule and a flagging economy saw thousands flee to Europe each year, the media outlet reported.
Jammeh is believed to have acquired a vast fortune, including a fleet of Rolls-Royces and an estate in a wealthy suburb of Washington during his appointment to the position.
West African troops are securing the country’s presidential palace in preparation for President Adama Barrow’s arrival.