Sidiya Bayo arrested in Senegal

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He leads a political grouping, the so-called National Transitional Council of The Gambia, which was formed in Senegal in 2012. 

His arrest and detention in Senegal where he has been resident for several months, follows the Tuesday armed attack on State House, Banjul, by a group of Gambians based in the West.

Bayo and his cohorts have constantly threatened to remove President Jammeh from power by violent means. In the days leading to the State House attack, he issued several statements published in mainstream Senegalese and dissident Gambian online newspapers, calling on Gambian soldiers to rise against the democratically elected government of President Jammeh.

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A month ago, he and his cohorts orchestrated the attack on the respected Gambian businessman, Mr Amadou Samba, in a Dakar hotel lobby.

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