Jammeh and Macky

Jammeh wants Macky to punish Samba’s attackers

The Gambia government has vehemently condemned what they called “criminal attacks” on a close associate of President Yahya Jammeh.

In a statement broadcast over national television last night, the Gambia government wanted Senegalese authorities to arrest and bring to justice the criminal attackers of Mr. Amadou Samba. The business magnate was subjected to rough treatment at the hands of security officers of Sidia Bayo, a French of Gambian parents, in Dakar’s Radission Bleu Hotel on Saturday. Mr. Bayo had earlier given Mr. Jammeh an ultimatum to relinquish power or face forceful overthrow.

It was not immediately clear whether those involved in the personal attack on Mr. Samba were arrested or detained. But our sources said President Jammeh has not only only registered his anger to his Senegalese counterpart but is also sending a delegation to officially declare his demands and conerns.

One diplomatic expert warns that improper handling of such a contentious issue usually lead to diplomatic fiasco. Amadou Samba brouhaha comes at a time when suspicion is already brewing between the Gambia and Senegal.

Mr. Samba was mistreated after he was accused of spying on Mr. Bayo who was lodged in Radission Bleu Hotel at the time.

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