Bai Jobe Njie in Detention for 50 days


Kebba Jeffang A relative of Mr. Bai Jobe Njie, the father of Modou Njie, a formerModou Njie member of the Gambia Forces (GAF) who is currently under detention for his alleged involvement in the 30th December 2014 attack on state house, told this medium that the old man has not been seen by his family for 50 days now.He said Mr. Njie is being held incommunicado and that his whereabouts is still not known to them. It was reported that Mr. Njie was picked up by two men in plain clothes at his Tallinding  residence in the early hours of the morning around 2am on Friday, 2 January 2015, and has not been seen or heard from by his family since then. As for the son, Modou Njie, the source said he is currently being tried by a court martial which some of their family members are attending. He, however, added that he does not know the charge Modou is facing but that he is being represented by a non-Gambian lawyer. Modou Njie is said to be a former member of the Gambia Armed Forces before leaving the force to go to Germany. He is alleged to be part of the insurgents that attacked the president’s residence in Banjul on the 30th December, 2014. In a statement released by the state after the incident, Private Modou Njie was identified as the only one among the attackers who was captured, while the others were either killed or have fled the country. The family member made the following appeal : “Once again we would want to take this opportunity to appeal to those who are responsible for the detention of our parent (Bai Jobe Njie) to release him as the experience is very traumatizing and difficult for our family. His absence has created a vacuum that cannot be filled.” Mr. Njie is a driver working with the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC).]]>