Ex-President Yahya Jammeh

(JollofNews) – Gambia’s ousted ruler Yahya Jammeh has rubbished allegations by the government of President Adama Barrow that he owned hundreds of properties, bank accounts and businesses worth millions of Dalasis.

A spokesman for Mr Jammeh, Seedy Njie, who is also the press secretary of Mr Jammeh’s APRC party, said he was “baffled and perplexed,” and is finding it hard to understand how the alleged list of Jammeh’s assets was put together by the government.

Mr Jammeh who governed the Gambia for 22 years was booted out of power in January 2017 after a shock defeat in the presidential election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow. He is currently living in exile in Equatorial Guinea with his wife and family as part of a deal brokered by regional group, Ecowas.

He is accused of corruption and hijacking the Gambian economy and looting as part of investigations into his regime, the Gambian Ministry of Justice Monday produced a list containing 131 landed properties, 88 different bank accounts and 14 companies it said belonged to it.

But Mr Jammeh’s spokesman said he is not aware of the existence of some of the alleged accounts and properties.

Seedy Njie

“The list lacks due diligence and sincerity. When you look at the list… to be honest I just cannot understand,” Mr Njie told The Standard Newspaper.

“How many bank accounts did they say [the former leader has]? When you look at the list, you see farms in Central River Region, farms in Ballanghar. Also, you look at the accounts and the APRC accounts. I ask myself, really, are these people doing their homework?”

Mr Njie added: “I also saw the Jammeh Foundation Hospital accounts and I said to myself, I hope the staff in that hospital will receive their salary this month because their accounts have been frozen. I don’t know what those accounts got to do with President Jammeh.

“I couldn’t imagine what I was reading in the newspapers. But anyway, the truth shall always prevail. I don’t know how this whole thing is being done but I am sure the APRC will come out with a press conference or a statement in which the interim leader will set the record straight. I assure you that. I don’t know the yardstick they have been using but it looks very funny.”