- Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has sacked and detained six top police and army officials in the latest wave of arrests targeting security bodies in the West African state.
Those sacked by the government include the Inspector General of Police, Ensa Badjie and Commander of the Navy, Sarjo Fofona.
Others dismissed by the President are Colonel Ma Matar Secka, Commander Military Police Major Kolute Manner, Lieutenant Famara Jarssey and Lieutenant Abdoulie Jatta.
According to the statement from the presidency, no reasons were given for the sacking and finally the arrest of the security officials.
The statement also announced the following appointments: Yankuba Sonko as Acting Inspector General of Police; Commodore Sillah kujabbie as Acting Navy Commander and Lt-Col Kawsu Sanyang as Commander of the Gambia Arme d Forces Training School. All appointments take immediate effect.
According to the presidential statement, Famara Jallow, a police commissioner who was earlier dismissed, was reinstated and appointed as Deputy Inspector General of police.
The latest sackings came a day after the President dismissed the deputy Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces, Maj-General Yankuba Drammeh, who was replaced by Gen Ousman Badjie, younger brother of the sacked IGP.
President Jammeh came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994 but since he took charge of the government, he has been questioned for his bad human rights record in his administration.
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