Yahya Jammeh, the former president of Gambia, stole $50 million from the state treasury concluded justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou. On Monday, the first data on corruption deals were revealed by the new president.
Gambia is a small African country with big corruption problems, on Monday, the justice minister informed the people on the scale of corruption. According to Abubacarr Tambadou, ex-president Yahya Jammeh plundered from state treasury before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January.
Yahya Jammeh was ruling the country for 22 years, and now he personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least $50 million. Minister Tambadou explained that Jammeh orchestrated the withdrawals from The Gambia’s central bank and linked with state-owned Gamtel between 2013 and 2017.
“We have today obtained a court order freezing or placing a temporary hold on the known assets in the country of former President Yahya Jammeh and companies directly associated with him,”
justice minister added.
Yahya Jammeh, the unbelievable scale of corruption in Gambia
Gambia’s court order concerns 88 bank accounts in Jammeh’s name or those of his associates, Tambadou told journalists. According to the report, at least 14 companies were directly linked with the ex-ruler.
Mr Jammeh reportedly was regularly accused of taking over successful businesses for his own gain. The report of the Minister of justice confirmed many cases of it, now, the Gambian judicial system is going to prevent Jammeh dissipating assets or liquidating them.
The new Gambia’s leader from United Democratic Party won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections in April, easily defeating Jammeh’s party which has been cast into the electoral wilderness by his departure.