Gambia’s nation’s purse has allegedly gone empty with over $11m missing after the embattled former President, Yahaya Jammeh left the country into exile with a cargo plane.
According to a statement by Mai Ahmad Fatty, an executive member of the Coalition of President Adama Barrow, it revealed that financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.
He said luxury cars, luggage and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane which Jammeh flew away with.
Many Gambians, however, are angry that Jammeh was allowed to leave at all. Fatty added that the coalition was shocked that a cargo plane was allowed to leave with Jammeh’s “loot.”
“The coffers are virtually empty,” he said. “It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”
He said Mr. Jammeh had made off with more than $11m in the past two weeks alone.
Mr. Fatty said officials at The Gambia’s main airport had been told not to let any of Mr. Jammeh’s belongings leave the country.
But Jammeh flew away with a cargo plane which many Gambians believe was stock with Jammeh’s loot.
Reports said some of the former leader’s goods were in Guinea where Mr. Jammeh had stopped on his journey into exile.
Mr. Jammeh is reported to now be in Equatorial Guinea, although authorities there have not confirmed it.
However, Jammeh is yet to debunk this claims even though his exact place of asylum is not yet clear.