Former Gambian president empties state coffers before exit

State resources have been depleted following the exit of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, according to a report by Reuters. The information came from current President Adama Barrow who was speaking to a local radio station.

“According to information we received, there is no money in the coffers. It’s what we have been told, but the day we actually take office we will clarify all of it, he told a senegalese radio station called Senegalese radio station RFM.

According to other reports by Al Jazeera, the ousted president also managed to leave the country with several luxury vehicles before he left for Equatorial Guinea late on Saturday evening. Current media reports state that Yahya Jammeh was ferried on a chartered plane leased by Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress.

The elections in Gambia were faced with a number of challenges. During the 2016 elections, the people of Gambia voted out Jammeh who has been in power for 22 years. The former president of the West African country initially agreed to ceed power to the incumbent president, however he later back tracked and refused to relinquish power.

Fearing trouble in his country, Barrow was sworn in as president at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal.

On Sunday, a military force comprising of members of the West African bloc and The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) marched unimpeded to the capital to ensure that it was safe enough for Barrow to return to the country from Senegal and assume his position as president.

Jammeh finally agreed to leave the country following interventions by two days of negotiations led by Guinea President Alpha Condé and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania.

Al Jazeera reports that the former president will not be facing any charges from the International Criminal Court, which means Jammeh will not be extraditied to face charges for human rights violations committed during his tenure as president of Gambia.

Source: Al Jazeera, Reuters

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