Eyewitness Discloses Arrest of General Saul Badjie, Others

General Saul Badjie

By Makutu Manneh

An eyewitness at the Friendship Hotel disclosed to Foroyaa that on Monday, 10 January, 2022 around 13.00 hrs., armed military police officers picked-up General Saul Badjie, Major Landing Tamba, WO2 Musa Badjie at the hotel.

In 2016, General Badjie and co. went to exile with former president Yahya Jammeh to Equatorial Guinea.

Saul Badjie and co. returned to the country in December 2021 and are said to be accommodated by the state at the Friendship Hotel in Bakau upon their arrival from Equatorial Guinea.

People also confirmed to Foroyaa that during the stay of Saul Badjie and others, it is observed that the Friendship Hotel was always under tight security.

However, witnesses say the tight security was relaxed when Badjie and co. were picked up by the armed military police on Monday.

The eyewitness said the military police came with two buses to take away the above-mentioned individuals.

The witness continued to describe that the buses were GAF’s green bus and one white bus, adding the white bus was filled with senior officers of the military police with an escort of armed team in a pick-up vehicle. 

The witness did not know where Saul Badjie and others were taken but believed that they were taken to Fajara and Yundum barracks.

The army spokesperson and deputy were called to confirm this but to no avail.

General Saul Badjie and co were implicated in a report of Gambia’s Truth Commission for participating or executing orders and directives in eliminating Jammeh’s opponents.

General Badjie is said to be a leader of a killer squad called ‘junglers’, and he is said to have carried out directives and guidance to the group after receiving orders from Jammeh.