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Thursday, September 23, 2021

After 48 killings, Jungler seeks forgiveness

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By Lamin Cham
& Mafugi Ceesay

A former member of the notorious patrol team of ex-president Jammeh has confessed to have either taken part or witnessed 48 killings and mass burials.

Omar Jallow, who is among the so-called Junglers currently in detention described how their victims were suffocated and, in a few cases, had their throats cut.

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He told the TRRC on the second day of appearance yesterday of his participation in the killing by suffocation of the 9 Mile 2 inmates in 2012, former APRC majority leader Baba Jobe, Gambian American Mamut Jobe and Ebou Ceesay.

He told of the horrific story of how after suffocating the Americans, a member of the killer squad slit their throats before dumping them in Yahya Jammeh’s garden at Kanilai.

As for Baba Jobe, who was hospitalized in Banjul just as he was about to be free from his long term imprisonment, Jallow said he and his team members sneaked into his hospital bed dead in the night and suffocated him with the blanket he covered himself with as he slept.

The former hit squad member narrated how he was part of a convoy led by Solo Bojang who went to kill two civilians he later discovered to be Hon. Mahawa Cham, a former national assembly member of Kiang East and his friend Sulayman Ndow.

Jallow said they were told that the duo had bought weapons intending to overthrow the Jammeh regime.

He said he could not tell whether operatives such as Swandi Camara who were used by Jammeh as spy agents were used in the operation to get Cham and Ndow from Senegal but he remembered being told by Nuha Badjie that Jammeh paid a Senegalese intelligence officer some $250,000 for that operation.

Omar Jallow further explained how he and others strangled former Army chief and 2006 coupist Ndure Cham, who was being detained at Tanji NIA training school and was later ordered for execution by President Jammeh.

The Jungler then went on to narrate the killing of Tumana Jallow and Abdoulie Gaye as late as 2016 and one Mustapha Colley a former soldier who became a taxi driver.

After unraveling all his sickening tales to the TRRC, Jallow begged for forgiveness from the families of his victims and blamed former President Jammeh.

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