FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

25 December 2012

Gambia: Imam Baba Leigh Still in Detention His Mosque Committee Gives Solidarity

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Imam Baba Leigh, jailed in the Gambia by the regime of Yahya Jammeh.

Imam Baba Leigh, the Imam of Kanifing Layout Mosque was reported to have been arrested by two National Intelligence Agency Personnel at his compound in Kanifing on the 3 December 2012 but until now the Imam is nowhere to be found.

This reporter visited the said Imam's Mosque in Kanifing on 21st December to attend the Friday prayers and also talked with the mosque committee shortly after the Friday prayers.

The Chairman of the mosque committee Mr. Abdou Jarjusey, speaking to this reporter almost in tears said, since the Imam suddenly disappeared, they (the mosque committee) did not know his whereabouts. "We have consulted the Supreme Islamic Council about his situation but they said they are also consulting different security institutions to find out where he is kept." The Chairman of the Kanifing Layout mosque committee said they in the committee have made efforts to find out the imam's whereabouts but their investigations or findings did not bear any fruit.

It could be recalled that Imam Baba Leigh was arrested on Monday 3rd December at his home in Kanifing Estate by 2 plain clothes personnel who identified themselves to the family as officers of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). It was also reported that Imam Leigh was seen at NIA Headquarters in Banjul. It could also be recalled that Foroyaa contacted the spokesperson of NDEA and the Commissioner of administration at the Gambia prison services but all denied having Imam Leigh in their custody.

Meanwhile, before and after the Friday prayers at the detained Imam's mosque in Kanifing, the faithful attendants offered prayers expressing wish for the Imam to immediately rejoin them and his family and in good health.

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