- Martin Kyere, a Ghanaian, is on a mission to ensure that Former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh is brought to justice
- According to him, he was part of a group of travelers who were captured and maltreated at Gabon
A Ghanaian, Martin Kyere, has embarked on a mission to ensure that former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh is brought to justice.
According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s Alex Duval Smith, Kyere was part of 56 migrants who were arrested in Gambia, where they docked.
The travelers were on their way to Europe from Senegal, but their pirogue run out of fuel, and for that reason they had to stop at Gambia.
They were arrested, detained for a week and beaten in Banjul, the capital of Gambia. The police officers who manhandled them claimed that their orders were coming from above.
The migrants were then handed over to 'the junglers’, who are paramilitaries whose torture and killings had helped keep Jammeh in power since July 22,1994.
Recounting the final journey, Kyere revealed that eight of them were loaded into a pickup truck and tied up.
As the vehicle went deeper into the forest, he managed to set himself free and consequently leapt into the darkness.
He suddenly heard gunshots behind him, and therefore concluded that the others had been shot.
Kyere continued to the Senegalese border, and with the help of the authorities, eventually returned to Ghana.
''I am alive for a reason and that reason is to obtain justice; to know one day why Yahya Jammeh grabbed us and decided to kill us in an unlawful way'', he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Jammeh has lived in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017. He went into exile there under a regionally-brokered deal after losing the December 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow.
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