The Gambia Government has issued a press release dated 17th January 2023, informing the public that they have intensified their efforts to arrest an alleged coup plotter, Lamin Jadama. Jadama is a member of the Gambia Armed Forces and is one of the many soldiers accused of having a hand in the December 2022 foiled coup.
Below is the full press release signed by Ebrima G. Sankareh, Government’s Spokesperson:
“The Gambia Government Intensifies Manhunt for Accused Coupist, Petty Officer Lamin Jadama with Interpol Red Notice”
Banjul, The Gambia — Following the recently foiled coup plot to overthrow the democratically elected Government of President Adama Barrow, The Gambia Government on Monday, 16th January, 2023 secured an Interpol “Red Notice” for the worldwide arrest of Petty Officer (PO) Lamin Jadama.
“It can be recalled that on Friday, 6th January, 2023, The Gambia Government charged Jadama and seven of his colleagues (eight soldiers) of The Gambia Armed Forces with two counts of “treason and conspiracy to commit felony.” Earlier on Tuesday, 3rd January 2023 two civilians and a police officer were charged with “concealment of treason and conspiracy to commit a felony.”
“While PO Jadama remains at large, his co-accused soldiers and civilians are remanded at the Mile II Central Prisons in Banjul awaiting trial.”
“Under the circumstances, citizens, residents and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps are all notified that PO Lamin Jadama is wanted and should be reported to the nearest police or security post if seen.”
“The public is hereby warned that Petty Officer Lamin Jadama is a fugitive from justice and any person caught aiding, colluding with or harbouring him, will be dealt with according to law.”
“Citizens and residents are urged to comply with this notice and report any developments related to PO Jadama’s situation to the nearest law enforcement agencies or local authorities.”