Two US Nationals Still Missing Families renew call for their release

Mustapha Jallow

Alhagie Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, two Gambian born US nationals have been missing since June 2013 when they were Ebou JobeAlhagi Ceesaypicked up from their apartment in Brusubi by men in plain clothes believed to be security agents.

Families of the two, who are said to be biologically related, are again renewing their call for both the Gambian and US authorities to help in the search and immediate release of their loved ones.

The duo was on holidays in The Gambia, according to a close source.

“The police have been informed and they are fully aware of the
disappearance of Alhagie Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe,” said the source.

According to the source, the two were also in the Gambia on a business mission in order to pursue plans to
invest in cashew export.

It was reported that the families and friends of Ceesay and Jobe, who are based in the US, have also staged a rally on June 15th 2015 in front of Senator Harry Reid’s Office at the Lloyd D, George Building in Las Vegas to demand for their immediate and safe release.

The US government has been pursuing the disappearance of the two with the Gambia Government and did raise the issue at the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The US Chargee d’Affaires in The Gambia, at a press conference late last year, also said “As far as I know, they were picked up and disappeared and we have asked the Gambia Government to investigate.”

He disclosed that they have even offered the services of the US
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to help in locating these two US citizens, adding that they will leave no stone unturned in
searching for their nationals.

Mr. Ceesay is said to have completed his Bachelor’s degree at
University of Washington (Seattle) and later worked for Chevron Texaco for 11 years as an Infrastructure Systems Analyst. He recently obtained his MBA in 2013. He is married and has two children.

As for Mr. Jobe, he is said to have graduated from the University of Washington and worked at Wal-Mart as an Operations Manager. He is also married and has three children.