Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, has ordered the sacking and detention of six top police and army officials in the latest wave of arrests targeting security bodies in the West African state. Those arrested include Inspector General of Police Ensa Badjie and Commander of the Navy Sarjo Fofona. The Gambian government has declined to comment further on the arrests, announced late on Tuesday. Officials in the country have cited that the arrests were for security concerns in the country.
The former Chief of Defence Staff, Lang Tombong Tamba, and four other senior security officials were arrested last November and are still being detained without trial. Deputy Chief of Defence Yankuba Drammeh was sacked last week. Gambia, is located between northern and southern Senegal, and has been a rare example of stability in Western Africa. President Yahya Jammeh came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has rejected regular concerns about human rights abuses since. Jammeh has violently stamped out any opposition against him and has been ruthless in reacting to press criticisms about his dictatorship. Journalists have been arrested without reason and there have also been reports of extra-judicial killings by his terror squad. There is no formidable opposition in the country as democracy seems to be non-existent.
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