Jammeh Takes Away With 11 million Dollars

Jammeh Takes Away With 11 million Dollars

More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has alleged.

Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.

Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as Jammeh left the country.

But another adviser to President Barrow, Halifa Sallah, later cast doubt on the claims of theft.

He said the police had been asked to investigate and they would determine if anything was missing. He said the central bank had “stated with clarity” that it was “functioning normally”, as were other banks.

Jammeh, who flew into exile after 22 years in power, has not commented on the allegations.

He had refused to accept the election results but finally left Gambia after mediation by regional leaders and the threat of military intervention.

President Barrow remains in neighbouring Senegal and it is not clear when he will return.

However, West African troops entered the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Sunday to prepare for his arrival.

Cheering crowds gathered outside the State House to watch soldiers secure the building.

The Senegalese general leading the joint force from five African nations said they were controlling “strategic points to ensure the safety of the population and facilitate… Barrow’s assumption of his role”.