The Jammeh & Co. LOOT will be returned to The Gambia.

Dear Reader,

Welcome to SAMBAGATE! It is appropriate that the first story on SAMBAGATE should be on THEFT by Jammeh himself as the Senegalese soldiers bore down on him and forced him to flee The Gambia. Here is the story.

22nd January 2017

Jammeh held Gambia and West Africa hostage until the final minutes of his departure on the 21st of January 2017. Then Jammeh blackmailed the West African leaders to carry away some of his LOOT. As stated by Mai Fatty on Dr. Touray’s facebook page, President Barrow REJECTED Jammeh’s blackmail and the so called “DEAL”.

The goal of those who agreed “the DEAL” with Jammeh was simple: avoid war and bloodshed. And they got Jammeh to leave peacefully. That is very important – and the theft is NOTHING compared to the avoidance of shedding Gambian blood.

As for “the DEAL”, if it was never assented to and never signed by the lawful President of The Gambia, President Adama Barrow, it is NULL and VOID. As Mai Fatty says PRESIDENT BARROW REJECTED IT OUTRIGHT.

JAMMEH WILL RETURN THE LOOT – AND JAMMEH WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

The Government of President Barrow will almost certainly send out an Internal Arrest Warrant and RED ALERT NOTICE for the arrest and return of Yahya Jammeh to The Gambia as a felon for the theft of the vehicles he looted last night infront of the world’s cameras. All those vehicles are properties of The Republic of The Gambia which were stolen and must be returned. I have no doubt that President Barrow’s team are working on that right now and it would be advisable to put this in the public domain as soon as possible. President Barrow should go on GRTS at once to assure Gambians that he rejected “the DEAL” and that an Interpol Jammeh Arrest Warrant has been issued for the theft of the vehicles.

In the meantime, shocking as the theft of the cars was, it is Jammeh showing his most disgraceful character to Gambians and the world for the final time – and we should not hold it against Barrow’s Government which is either out of the country, refused to agree to such deals, and also didn’t know much about it.

Dida Halake,

Notting Hill,

London, UK.

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8 months later we learn that

Mai Tried to Stop The Theft

Written by Sam Phatey on August 15, 2017Mai Fatty tried to stop Jammeh’s looting but we derailed him

When Yahya Jammeh was sent packing to Equatorial Guinea, he had no plans of leaving empty handed. We all knew that and one leader in the new coalition government had put his foot down to avoid looting.

Immediately when Jammeh left, in Dakar, Mai Ahmad Fatty wanted President Adama Barrow to assert his authority immediately, temporarily closing the airspace when it emerged a cargo plane was heading to Banjul to pick up Jammeh’s loot.

Jammeh left the country with some luxury goods and the cargo plane ferried cars worth more than a million dollars to Equatorial Guinea.

The Chadian cargo plane was going to be headed back to Gambia to pick the rest up but Fatty, at the time a senior aide to Barrow tried to prevail over the new president not to allow this.

Fatty’s attempt to have Jammeh’s assets immediately frozen through a directive until a court order was obtained after revealing that the ex-leader left with more than $12 million was met with criticism.

At the time, political proxies were busy playing surrogate, even as a thug of war happened between Fatty and Halifa Sallah. Playing politics at that stage overclouded a sensitive and sensible reasoning that could have prevented our nation’s $2.1 million from being in Jammeh’s hand in Malabo.

Anyway, it now turns out that Mai Fatty has been right, not was just $12 million taken, $50 million has been taken from our poor nation’s coffers.

His efforts to prevent the looting was derailed, shifting what could have been the prevention of closing of accounts containing millions of dollars from diverted state funds and illegally acquired wealth to giving Jammeh more time to steal from poor citizens.

Of course, some times unpopular decisions need to be made but putting a freeze on Jammeh’s assets would have been welcomed, although the opposition would have cried “dictatorship.”

Gambians would have come to appreciate that important decision today as the Commission of Inquiry starts hearing of how Jammeh embezzled millions.

While Gambian authorities seek so-called clarification on Jammeh’s assets and trying to secure a court order, merely three weeks into Jammeh’s departure bank accounts with at least $2.1 million (D84 million dalasis) were closed.

We are just starting to know of these but there is no doubt there are many other bank accounts associated with Jammeh that have been emptied and closed after his departure.

Mai Ahmad Fatty’s call for the need to put measures to avoid Jammeh from liquidating his assets or putting his money into hiding, if adhered to would have prevented the withdrawing of money by Jammeh’s men and closing of the accounts that had millions taxpayers’ monies.

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