Gambian ex-president reportedly stole about R14bn before fleeing country

Gambian ex-president reportedly stole about R14bn before fleeing country

- Yahya Jammeh, the former president of Gambia, has been accused of looting the country of almost $1bn

- According to reports, some of the looted funds were used for the many luxuries of the former president

- It was also gathered that Jammeh caused so many human rights abuses during his rule

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Yahya Jammeh, the former president of the Gambia, reportedly planned the theft of almost $1bn from his country before he went into exile two years ago, investigative reporters have revealed.

The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) also said it has looked at thousands of documents that show public funds in the country were stolen over the period of 22 years, Guardian UK reports.

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Jammeh was a former soldier who got into power through a coup in 1994 and later fled the country in 2017 when he lost his re-election bid.

It should be recalled that the Gambian former president was under US sanctions for his grave abuses of human rights and corruption, which include several tortures and killings he uses a squad called the 'Junglers' for.

OCCRP said the material it reviewed dating between 2011 and 2016 hinted that Jammeh and his collaborators stole at least $975m.

It was also gathered that some of the funds went into taking care of the former president’s luxuries, including travelling to the tribute concert for Michael Jackson in 2010 after the pop singer’s death and the building of a palace.

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The sum of $36,000 was also said to have been diverted to the account for the 'Office of the First Lady', despite the fact that there was no such office.

Bodies of some of those who lost their lives during the president’s rule were discovered in a mass grave in the capital of the country, Banjul.

Meanwhile, it was previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, received the president of Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

The Twitter handle of the federal government, @AsoRock, had disclosed that President Barrow flew into Abuja on the Nigerian presidential jet.

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During the meeting at Aso Rock, the Gambian president thanked Buhari for the role Nigeria played in helping his country return to the path of constitutional democracy.

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