21 January 2013

Gambia: Wife of Imam Baba Leigh On Her Husband's Disappearance

Since his arrest on the 3 December 2012 (last year) by two people identified as operatives of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Imam Baba Leigh of the Kanifing East Estate Mosque has neither been seen nor his whereabouts known by the members of his family. His disappearance has caused apprehension both nationally and internationally, leading to constant calls for his release. Concern is also being raised as to how the immediate family of the Imam Leigh is faring in the face of the uncertainties posed by his disappearance.

This is what had prompted this reporter to approach the wife to shed light on their situation in the absence of the breadwinner and how they intend to react to his disappearance.

According to Imam Leigh's wife, Mrs. Lalla Hydara Leigh, when the husband was whisked away on that fateful December night, she was not in town. She disclosed that the family has still not had any information regarding the Imam's whereabouts and that they are therefore seeking prayers from the people for God to help them to be reunited with their loved one.

When questioned whether the family would consider resorting to a petition or a court action, Mrs. Leigh responded in the negative, adding that she is in fact ill. She said as at now they are not considering taking any action but have left everything in the hands of Allah.

Asked whether they are facing any difficulties in terms of the upkeep of the family in the absence of Imam Leigh, the wife, who was almost in tears, was unable to make any comments and instead asked the reporter to come another day.

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