- Gambian soldiers close to the corridors of power have been reeling with fears of who would be the next victim of what seems to be a regular mysterious killing. Within nine months, three senior Presidential Guards died in mysterious circumstances.
Until their death, all the fallen soldiers were notorious for inflicting horrendous tortures on innocent people. In some cases, they torture their victims [people who oppose the government] to death.
The three soldiers - Captain Tumbul Tamba, Major Musa Jammeh and Captain Solomon Jammeh - all died of illnesses that doctors are yet to establish.
Captain Tamba was the first to die after he had battled months of illness at the hospital bed. His death followed that of Major Jammeh [the leader of the country's torture squad] months later. Both Tamba and Jammeh, who were Personal Protection Officers of President Yahya Jammeh, had reportedly confessed to their crimes before they hopelessly died.
While Gambians are yet to know what was responsible for the mysterious killings, they woke up with yet another tragic news of the death of Captain Solomon Jammeh at the weekend. Captain Jammeh, who hailed from the same village with President Jammeh, was also a member of the Presidential Guard.
According to informed sources, Captain Jammeh was pronounced dead few hours after he was hospitalised for a sudden illness.
Doctors are yet to public explain what might have cause to the death of an officer who returned from military training from Nigeria few weeks ago. He had an 11 year military career.
The death of The Gambia’s former Army Chief of Defence Staff, Col. Vincent Jatta, was also confirmed. Jatta was arrested and incarcerated in the Mile II Central Prison after the government claimed to have foiled a coup at an advanced stage.
He was released after being detained for over a year. His close associates believed that his killing might have been caused by the horrendous tortures he had been subjected to while in detention.
Having spent only 36 days as the Army Chief, Jatta was sacked from office and the government failed to explain the reasons.
Some critics accused the government of perpetrating the killings as a way of getting rid of all callous and murderous members of the secret murder squad.
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