Barrow’s Aide: Jammeh Stole $500m, Luxury Cars in 2 Weeks

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Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, plundering the state coffers and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane, a special adviser for the new president said Sunday.
At a press conference in the Senegalese capital, Barrow’s special adviser Mai Ahmad Fatty told journalists that the president “will return home as soon as possible.”
Underscoring the challenges facing the new administration, Fatty confirmed that Jammeh made off with more than $11.4 million during a two-week period alone. That is only what they have discovered so far since Jammeh and his family took an offer of exile after more than 22 years in power and departed late Saturday.
“The Gambia is in financial distress. The coffers are virtually empty. That is a state of fact,” Fatty said. “It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.” He said over $500 million had been withdrawn from the banks by the former leader.
Fatty also confirmed that a Chadian cargo plane had transported luxury goods out of the country on Jammeh’s behalf in his final hours in power, including an unknown number of vehicles.
Fatty said officials at the Gambia airport have been ordered not to allow any of Jammeh’s belongings to leave. Separately, it appeared that some of his goods remained in Guinea, where Jammeh and his closest allies stopped on their flight into exile.
Fatty said officials “regret the situation,” but it appeared that the major damage had been done, leaving the new government with little recourse to recoup the funds.

AP

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  1. Baboucarr Jatta January 24, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Jammeh i wish you all the best in life… You make me proud again you are a man of peace continued to remain in peace and we praise you abundantly… This is cristal clear that the whole world recognized you through all the AWARDS you received around the globe, we believed that Gambia is in your heart no doubt to that and we always again prayed for you and your family a blessing time in Conakry… We will miss you and unforgotten for live…once again i thank you and salute you a million times, Sir!!!.

  2. Jacqueline Mendy January 24, 2017 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Hey stop now with the insults. We should be clever than him and wish him all the best because it give one rule in our life how you should in the push so it will com pack. Believe me he will get his receipt

  3. Hawa Loriginale January 24, 2017 at 12:44 am - Reply

    They have to judge him and put him in jail !!! He is a criminal, probably the worst of west Africa !!

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