According to The Gambia Today, these cars which includes Bentleys, Rolls Royce and more were purportedly stolen by Yahya Jammeh before he stepped down.
Speaking at a press conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar, Barrow’s special adviser Mai Ahmad Fatty, said that a Chadian cargo plane had transported luxury goods out of the country on Mr Jammeh’s behalf in his final hours in power, including vehicles.
Mr Barrow’s adviser said that officials at the Gambia airport have been ordered not to allow any other belongings of Jammeh to leave, including the remaining luxury cars waiting at the Airport to be shipped out.
Yahya Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for more than 22 years, went into exile on Saturday.
How Tinubu’s plane helped remove Jammeh…
INDICATIONS have emerged that a plane belonging to the National Leader of All Progressives Congress ,APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was used to fly ex-Gambian President, Mr. Yahaya Jammeh out of the country.
Vanguard learnt that the gesture was in furtherance of the reconciliatory efforts of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in the country where Jammeh’s refusal to relinquish power led to political crisis.
It was learnt that upon being contacted for the use of the aircraft, Tinubu, who was in Conakry at that time, agreed on condition that it should only be used for the purpose in order to restore peace and democracy in the country. The VP-CBT Falcon jet, which had been with Guinean President, Alpa Conde for days, was stationed in Banjul to ferry Jammeh out of the country after 22 years in power.
Vanguard further gathered that Tinubu is a personal friend of President Conde. Conde and Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz had spent much of Friday in Banjul persuading Jammeh to leave power. A BBC report on Saturday at 10.30 pm said the plane had taken off for Guinea with Jammeh, his family and President Conde on board.
The former Gambian leader was flown to Conakry where he would temporarily stay before leaving for Equatorial Guinea where he would live in exile. West African leaders did not agree to immunity for Jammeh during negotiations that convinced Gambia’s longtime ruler to flee into exile, Senegal’s foreign minister said on Sunday. Jammeh, who is accused of serious rights violations, led his country for 22 years but refused to accept defeat in a December election. He flew out of the capital Banjul late on Saturday as a regional military force was poised to remove him.
Over $11m missing, nation’s purse empty after Jammeh vanishes with cargo plane…
Gambia’s nation’s purse has allegedly gone empty with over $11m
missing after the embattled former President, Yahaya Jammeh left the country into exile with a cargo plane.
According to a statement by Mai Ahmad Fatty, an executive member of the Coalition of President Adama Barrow, it revealed that financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.
He said luxury cars, luggage and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane which Jammeh flew away with.
Many Gambians, however, are angry that Jammeh was allowed to leave at all. Fatty added that the coalition was shocked that a cargo plane was allowed to leave with Jammeh’s “loot.”
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and ex-Gambian President, Mr. Yahaya Jammeh Mr. Fatty told newsmen in Dakar that The Gambia was in financial distress. “The coffers are virtually empty,” he said.
“It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.” He said Mr. Jammeh had made off with more than $11m in the past two weeks alone.
Mr. Fatty said officials at The Gambia’s main airport had been told not to let any of Mr. Jammeh’s belongings leave the country. But Jammeh flew away with a cargo plane which many Gambians believe was stock with Jammeh’s loot. Reports said some of the former leader’s goods were in Guinea where M
r. Jammeh had stopped on his journey into exile. Mr. Jammeh is reported to now be in Equatorial Guinea, although authorities there have not confirmed it. However, Jammeh is yet to debunk this claims even though his exact place of asylum is not yet clear.
Recall that Jammeh was defeated by the current President, Adama Barrow in December 2016 election. Majority of The Gambians were overjoyed at the out come. The world equally thumbed-up to Jammeh when he initially conceded defeat.
However, a week later, Jammeh made a volte farce, rejecting the outcome of the election again, a decision that came as a shock to Gambians, West African nations and the world at large. Several peaceful efforts were made especially by the West African bloc to persuade Jammeh to step down but he remained adamant. When Gambia’s army chief initially declared allegiance to Jammeh, many thought a bloody show was set for the stage.
Many Gambians, tourists and even the victorious Barrow had to flee the country for safety. As the tension went high, West African bloc resorted to using military force to oust Jammeh. But in a last minute dialogue, Jammeh finally succumbed.
This was after the army chief again switched camps, declaring loyalty to the new President, Barrow who was sworn-in in Dakar as the country’s third president after independence. But before Jammeh agreed to step down, he made a deal which no member of the ECOWAS bloc agreed to. Having gone to exile, the revelations of an empty treasury has hit The Gambia and further steps are being awaited.