By Mustapha Jallow
Hon. Buba Ayi Sanneh, the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Kombo Central, is held at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul since Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, a family source told Foroyaa.
Alagi Senkereh, a nephew of Hon. Sanneh, told this reporter that while he was at his home on Tuesday, 30 August, he received a phone call from one of their relatives who informed him that some men are at the Kombo Central NAM’s home asking for him. He said when he rushed there, he found 4 men in civilian clothes and one uniformed Police officer.
“I then enquired from the men and one of them told me that they were sent by their boss to go and pick up Hon. Sanneh and take him to the NIA for questioning,” he said.
He told them that the NAM was indisposed but will be informed that he was wanted at the NIA.
Senkereh said in the following morning on Wednesday, he went with Hon. Sanneh to Banjul for him to report to the NIA.
“When we arrived at the NIA headquarters, an agent asked us to sit down and wait for him to go and inform his boss that we are around. The same agent came and told us that the MP should follow him and that I should wait. After waiting for about 30 minutes, the same agent came back and told me to go outside and wait for Hon. Sanneh outside as people are not allowed to sit there,” said the NAM’s nephew.
Senkereh said he went outside and waited for hours with no sight of his uncle. He said when he returned to ask the agent about the fate of his uncle, he was told by the man to go home as they are having a panel discussion with him.
Asked whether he knows the reason (s) why the Kombo Central NAM was detained, he said the agents did not tell him anything other than the information that they were asked to come and arrest him.
Senkereh said they are appealing for the release of Hon. Sanneh to reunite with his family.
However, while this reporter was at the home of the detained NAM, he saw relatives and friends coming in and out of the compound.