Missing Gambian Journalist really resurfaced after 6 years?
--Family, Press Union doubt police revelation
For nearly six years, Gambia’s government has been pressured by various international media watchdog and human rights groups to give account of the whereabouts of Journalist Ebrima Manneh.
Manneh, who was working on a story critical of the Yaya Jammeh government in the Gambia when he mysteriously disappeared in 2006, worked with the Gambian Daily Observer newspaper.
But earlier this week, the country’s police chief, Yankuba Sonko said the Gambia was informed by the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) that Journalist Manneh was seen in the United States.
The revelation by the Gambian police chief has however, been greeted with skepticism and apprehension by family members and his media colleagues at home.
In an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio, WAADR’s Frank Sainworla, the Secretary General of Gambia Press Union, Emily Tourey said the government should probe the issue further.
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The family of missing Gambian Journalist has challenged claim by the country’s police chief that he’s in the US, describing it as mere fabrication by the Yaya Jammeh regime.
Manneh’s 80-year-old father, Sajo Manneh dismissed the police Inspector General’s statement as baseless.
In an interview with a Gambian private newspaper, The Point, the missing Journalist’s father said if his son was still alive, he must be in the custody of the Gambian state.
He said his son cannot be in the US for the past years without contacting his family.Tweet