A relative of Mr. Bai Jobe Njie, the father of Modou Njie, a former
member of the Gambia Forces (GAF) who is currently under detention for
his alleged involvement in the 30th December 2014 attack
on state house, told this medium that the old man has not been seen by his
family for 50 days now.He said Mr. Njie is being held incommunicado and that his
whereabouts is still not known to them.
It was reported that Mr. Njie was picked up by two men in plain
clothes at his Tallinding residence in the early hours of the morning
around 2am on Friday, 2 January 2015, and has not been seen or heard
from by his family since then.
As for the son, Modou Njie, the source said he is currently being
tried by a court martial which some of their family members are
attending. He, however, added that he does not know the charge Modou
is facing but that he is being represented by a non-Gambian lawyer.
Modou Njie is said to be a former member of the Gambia Armed Forces
before leaving the force to go to Germany. He is alleged to be part of
the insurgents that attacked the president’s residence in Banjul on
30th December, 2014. In a statement released by the state after the
incident, Private Modou Njie was identified as the only one among the
attackers who was captured, while the others were either killed or
have fled the country.
The family member made the following appeal : “Once again we would
want to take this opportunity to appeal to those who are responsible
for the detention of our parent (Bai Jobe Njie) to release him as the
experience is very traumatizing and difficult for our family. His
absence has created a vacuum that cannot be filled.”
Mr. Njie is a driver working with the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC).