Ex-President Jammeh’s Assets Frozen
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice has revealed that the government of The Gambia has obtained a court order to freeze or place a temporary hold on the locally known assets and companies directly associated with the former president Yahya Jammeh.
He made this revelation at a press conference held at his office in Banjul, during which he disclosed that the freezing order affects, 131 landed properties held in the personal name of former President Yahya Jammeh or companies directly associated with him.
He said 88 different bank accounts held in the personal name of former President Yahya Jammeh or held in the names of organizations directly associated with him; 14 companies purportedly belonging to him or directly associated with him (former President Yahya Jammeh); a large number of animals and livestock purportedly belonging to him (former President Yahya Jammeh), are all frozen.
According to the Justice Minister the application for the freezing order was necessitated by the discovery of unauthorized withdrawals of millions of dalasis and foreign currencies by former President Yahya Jammeh. He further illustrated that preliminary investigations have revealed that between 2006 and 2017, former President Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least D189, 000, 000.00 from funds belonging to the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation. He added that between 2013 and 2017, former President Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least US $50,000,000 from Special Projects Fund and International Gateway Accounts at the Central Bank of The Gambia.