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Ex-Gambia president “stole $11m” from state coffers

Jan 24, 2017, 3:55 AM EST
Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh (right)
(Source: USAFRICOM/flickr)

An adviser to Gambian President Adama Barrow claimed that exiled former leader Yahya Jammeh stole around $11 million from state coffers before accepting an offer of exile and departing late on Saturday. Addressing a press conference in the Senegalese capital, special adviser Mai Ahmad Fatty added that Jammeh shipped luxury goods, including several vehicles, out of the country, worsening the financial distress The Gambia faces.

The revelation came as West African troops entered the Gambian capital, Banjul, securing the State House for the arrival of newly-elected president, writes the BBC.

Jammeh’s ouster from power and eventually from the country sparked celebrations across the capital, with people taking to streets to cheer an end to 22-years of the authoritarian regime, notes Reuters.

Fatty said he regretted the situation that funds cannot be recouped from Jammeh, who has taken refuge in Equatorial Guinea, a state not party to the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.), reports The Guardian.