The rumour that shaked the social media during the weekend about former first of the Gambia Zainab Suma Jammeh spotted in a Dakar’s Restaurant with Amadou Samba and Samuel Sarr has not been confirmed.
Sources close to Senegalese intelligence and the Interpol office in Dakar quoted by the Standard have refuted statements Zainab Jammeh was in Dakar with Gambian businessmen Amadou Samba and Senegal’s former Minister Samuel Sarr.
The highly ranked source who asked for anonymity said: “This story is completely false. In fact, our records show that she has not been to Senegal for at least two years. If she steps her feet in Senegal, I’d be one of the first to know. This is not true at all. There are no records at any of our border entry ports of Zineb Jammeh entering Senegal. Period. We have informed the Interpol office in Banjul. You can confirm from them.”
Earlier yesterday, Sidi Sanneh, a former Jammeh minister who turned arch opponent after his sacking, broke news on his blog that the Senegalese authorities had arrested both Mr Samba and Mr Sarr. However, when contacted on their phones in Dakar, both men laughed off the report. Mr Samba said the news was “incredulous” while Mr Sarr said: “I am in my office right now as I am speaking to you. This whole thing is all untrue. In fact, what they are doing is quite dangerous. They are intimating that the Senegalese authorities are failing in their job…which is not the case at all.”
Officers at the Gambia’s State Intelligence Services told The Standard last evening that they do not have any information about Lady Zineb’s presence in Dakar.
Spokesman Inspector Conta said the Gambian police are not aware of the story and said he would contact the Banjul Interpol office, however did not return to us by the time we went to press.