The sister of the Gambia’s disappeared journalist is now convinced that Chief Ebrima Manneh had been killed by the former President Yahya Jammeh.

The fall of the Jammeh regime and subsequent exiling of the tyrant leader has prompted families of missing persons to turn to the Coalition government for answers. With the help of opposition leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, many detained incommunicado detainees have been released. Security forces can only produce the ones that are available and not those that are not. Chief Manneh, who was arrested at his Daily Observer office in Bakau on July 7th, 2006, is among the missing detainees who cannot be produced.

In a Facebook posting, Chief Manneh’s younger sister confirmed that his missing brother is dead. “It’s confirmed to me today that former President Yahya Jammeh had killed my brother Chief Manneh who had done nothing. He was only doing his job. Jammeh will never live in peace for the rest of his life and the hereafter,” Adama Manneh, a police officer, wrote.

Manneh had been transferred from one security detention to another before his final disappearance. Gambian journalist Yahya Dampha led Amnesty International researchers to Sarangai in Upper River Region where they spotted Manneh and Ousman Jatta, a former opposition activist in 2006. Dampha and co were arrested and detained for some days before being released following mounting international pressure.

The Jammeh regime refused to comply with the ECOWAS Community Court’s verdict that Chief Manneh be produced alive and compensated $100, 000 dollars.


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