FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Benedict Jammeh Under NIA Detention Thus Denying Him Attending His Call to the Bar

Reliable information gathered by Foroyaa indicates that the former Director General of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Mr. Benedict Jammeh, who was sacked on Thursday 10 January and briefly detained at the offices of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), before being granted bail, has been re-arrested for the second time on Thursday 17 January, at his home at Busumbala.

Mr. Jammeh, who was supposed to be called to the Bar on Friday 18 January, was not among the graduates at the ceremony held at Paradise Suites Hotel.

According to the sources close to his family, the NIA officers have revoked the earlier bail granted to Mr. Jammeh and re-arrested him at his home by a 3-man team of NIA officers in the evening of last Thursday and taken into custody in Banjul. The information indicates that before the arresting team took him away, Jammeh was told that they needed him for questioning at their office.

The sources further indicated that Mr. Jammeh's detention and denial of bail by NIA has denied him to attend the ceremony of his call to the Bar with other 18 graduates from the University of The Gambia Law School last Friday. The source indicated that some of his associates and family went to the ceremony to witness his call to the Bar, only to find that he was absent.

It could be recalled that Benedict Jammeh, a native of Kanilai village, had worked with the Prosecution Unit of the Police and rose to the rank of Inspector General of Police in 2007, the position he manned for a year and 1 month, before being removed and appointed as a Senior Magistrate at Bundung Magistrates Court. Within two weeks, he was re- appointed Director General of NIA and removed within a month and two weeks. In April 2010, he was appointed Director General of NDEA, the position he held up to Thursday 10 January 2013, when he was removed, briefly detained and released on bail.

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