Ousman Daffeh The family of a missing 8-year-old boy in Bundung has finally breathed peace after their son was found alive and kicking. Ousman Daffeh, the son of Bakebba Daffeh and Jabo (Nyima) Sawo, went missing for more than 24 hours.

Ousman Daffeh went missing while playing with other children of his age on Thursday. His worried family left no stone unturned in their search for their son. Apart from reporting the matter to the national media, the Daffeh family also filed a complaint with the police. Even the spy agents have been put in the picture.

The story unfolded at a time when accusing fingers have been pointed at President Yahya Jammeh for using the state machinery to kidnap children. His marabout first broke the news that Gambian leader had planned to sacrifice 70 minors to his idols otherwise he would not win re-election. Since then stories of reported kidnappings of minors have filled the air, prompting families to keep close eyes on their children.

Ousman’s family has every reason to be worried. However, they have to choose their words while searching, fearing punishment by a government that threatened its citizens with prosecution if they fail to provide proofs of child kidnapping. One wonders what kind of proof the police are looking for.

Kairo News has learnt that NIA officials were concerned about the reportage of the child kidnapping online. Our source said the first thing the NIA Director General Yankuba Badjie asked the family of the missing boy was: “did you inform Fatou Camara and the online media about it?” The answer was no. He then promised to do his best to fish out the boy. The boy was found in Jabang village in Kombo South 30 minutes later. How Ousman Daffeh landed in Jabang was not properly answered. The NIA’s only assumption was that Ousman followed the APRC nomination crowd to Jabang.

Food for thought: let families of missing children or persons cause noise and confront the police and the NIA. It’s an election year and as such we must not be complacent and rule out anything out. Some people will sacrifice human being just to become president. Albinos in Tanzania seek special protection during an election year because their body parts are needed for rituals. Large number of albinos got killed on every election year. Who says human sacrifices cannot happen in the Gambia, especially when we have a leader who believes in idols and listens to their Satanic advice religiously?

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