Yahya Jammeh’s right-hand man and self-styled “Jammeh Manager”, Amadou Samba arrived in The Gambia last night on the Brussels Airline flight from Dakar, Senegal.
Amadou, erstwhile Chairman of Gambia’s Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and also Chairman of the government-owned Social Security & Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), appeared worried and looked around furtively as he boarded a truck owned by an airport worker by the name of Ousainou Taal and got whisked to the VIP lounge from where he was driven at high speed to one of his many homes around Banjul.
Travel Ban And Investigation
The information coming from Banjul is that the new government of President Barrow had cleared Samba’s return as a citizen of The Gambia subject to the laws of the land. The government had specifically refused to offer any immunities from prosecution in return for Amadou Samba’s offer to cooperate in the uncovering of the financial and political mess left behind by Yahya Jammeh – the dictator mentored/”managed” by Amadou Samba. It is understood that the new State Intelligence Service (SIS) and indeed the Gambian Police who have been involved over the years in various cases involving Mr. Samba are to “invite him for an interview”.
Lawsuits from aggrieved members of the Business Community
Dozens of businesses and properties were unlawfully seized and closed down during Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year dictatorship. Individuals, families and even whole communities in areas such as Brusubi and the so-called Jammeh Rice-Fields were disposed of their lands and properties. This writer recorded a row with Amadou Samba when this writer refused point blank to cover the story of the so-called Paradise Estate where many people had been dispossessed. Lawsuits from the aggrieved await Amadou in droves.
Stay tuned. This is a developing story.
Below is the e-mail received from Banjul this morning:
Amadou Samba arrived in The Gambia the same time as Sheikh Sidia Bayo.
Upon his arrival the Jammeh Manager was very timid like a wet chicken looking left and right as if something bizarre was about to happen.
Meanwhile a person that we understand to be Ousainou Taal who was involved in numerous land and plot deals was in a corner giving him the all clear.
He was whisked to VIP section of the airport and to his surprise he bumped into the man himself Sheikh Sidia Bayo with his entourage and bodyguards. Amadou was so scared that Round 2 was about to take place that he hurriedly went into the toilet to ease himself and hide.
When he came out to exit he was avoiding to even sit in the lounge and he was again zoomed through into a pick up van out of the airport straight to his home.
Since his arrival he has not been seen in public and has limited his movements as he knows the coast is not yet clear and it is just a matter of time.
NOTE: Mr. Samba, could not be reached for comment.