By Amie Sanneh
Under this heading, we will sum up all the significant stories that were reported by Foroyaa in 2015. We start with disappearance without trace.
DISAPPEARANCE WITHOUT TRACE
Disappearance of persons in The Gambia continues to show its ugly face in the year 2015. The following were reported missing by Foroyaa before 2015 but by 31 December 2015 there was still no trace of them.
CHIEF EBRIMA MANNEH a senior reporter at the Daily Observer Newspaper, has disappeared for more than 9 years now. He was arrested by security agents at his place of work on 26 July 2006. Since then, he has not been heard or seen by his family or colleagues.
On June 5 2015, the ECOWAS Court entered judgment in favour of the missing journalist and ordered the Gambian government to release and compensate him an amount of US 100,000 Dollars.
ALHAGIE MAMUT CEESAY AND EBOU JOBE, two Gambian born US citizens have disappeared for more than 2 years. Theywere reported missing after being abducted by men in plain clothes on 22 June, 2013 in Brusubi, while on holiday in the Gambia.
Messrs Ceesay and Jobe have not been seen or heard from by their families since then.
The families have indicated that the police have been informed and are fully aware of the disappearance of the duo but are yet to come up with any findings regarding their whereabouts.
Mr. Ceesay worked for Chevron Texaco for 11 years as an Infrastructure systems analyst while Mr. Jobe, worked at Wal-Mart as an Operations Manager.
LIEUTENANT EBOU LOWE, a former officer of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) has gone missing since 2006 (more than 9 years ago). Lt. Lowe was among the military officers who were arrested in the wake of the 21 March, 2006 attempted coup and later announced by the state media on 4 April, 2006 to have escaped with four other security officers while being transferred to Janjangbureh prison in the hinterland. Family members say they are yet to set eyes on him.
- LAMIN KANYI (ALIAS KANYIBA KANYI), who hails from Jarra but resides in Bonto village in Kombo East, West Coast Region (WCR), has disappeared for more than 9 years.He was abducted on 18 September, 2006 by some plain clothes security agents, including a uniformed police officer, in the presence of his wife and brothers. At the time of his abduction, he was an employee of the Christian Children Fund (CCF), now Child Fund The Gambia. Since that fateful day, his whereabouts remain unknown to the family.
- LAMIN TUNKARA, a native of Kinteh Kunda/ Marong Kunda in the Central Baddibu District of the North Bank Region (NBR), has disappeared for more than 10 years. He was arrested on 21st July 2005 by a combined security team, comprising the CID (police), men in plain clothes and NIA agents, behind the Albert Market in Banjul.
A family source revealed that Mr. Tunkara was detained at the Police headquarters in Banjul for few days and later transferred to the Kairaba Police Station. His family said they still have no clue as to his whereabouts.
JASARJA KUJABI, who hails from Dobong village in the Foni Kansala District of West Coast Region (WCR), has disappeared for more than 10 years.Family members say he was arrested in their presence on the 27 July 2005 and taken away to an unknown destination and disappeared without trace since then.
HARUNA JAMMEH has disappeared for more than 10 years now.According to family members he was abducted on the same day and around the same time as Jasarja.
Eyewitnesses say the two were put together in the same vehicle and whisked away. He has not been seen since that day, according to his family.
MRS. MASIREH JAMMEH, aliasMARCIE, a former employee at State House in Banjul and also a native of Kanilaihas disappeared for more than 10 years now. She was reported missing since 15 July, 2005. It was reported that she too was picked up by security personnel.
ALHAGIE MOMODOU LAMIN NYASSI, the then chief of Foni Kansala District, NDONGO MBOOB and Alhagie BUBA SANYANG, aka BUBAI, who are all from Bwiam village in the West Coast Region (WCR), have all disappeared for more than 9 years now. They were taken away in the evening of Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 in a blue and numberless vehicle with tinted glasses.
POLICE PROSECUTOR ELIMAN NJIE, a Police Prosecutor attached to the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) at Police headquarters in Banjul, went missing on Sunday, 31 May 2015, after leaving his house, according to his wife.
See the next edition for Detention without Trial.