Gambian police are examining the bank accounts of former President Yahya Jammeh and his family. Mr Jammeh who ruled the Gambia for 22 years, went into exile in January following his defeat by Adama Barrow in December 2016 presidential elections.
Mr Barrow’s government have since accused him of looting from state coffers and leaving the country’s economy nearly bankcrupt.
Acting on presidential directives, police have contacted the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of the Gambia to go after Mr Jammeh’s various accounts where he may have to stashed over US$50 million he allegedly looted from the state.
As part of investigations, police will forensically examine key data including the dates the accounts were opened and statements.
Mr Jammeh was the richest Gambian. During his long reign, he was able to accumulate a personal wealth which was more than the Gambian state