Gambian police have requested all the local banks to reveal information about former president Yahya Jammeh’s accounts or his associates’ as digging continues to recover the “missing millions”.
Searching for a US$50 million stolen from the state during over two decades in power, Gambian banks are being directed to probe accounts belonging to the ex-president and his family to find the missing money, The Torch has learned on Monday.
In a confidential letter seen by this site which was forwarded to all banks and financial institutions from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the country’s Central Bank, Gambia police said they are probing the US$50 million that the authorities said has been missing in the state coffers by Jammeh.
Two weeks ago, the country’s finance ministry has also issued a statement accusing Jammeh of misappropriating about US$100 million of public funds on individual sponsorship, party issues among others.
“The office of the Inspector General of police is in receipt of directive to probe into the missing $50 million from Government coffers,” the letter sent to FIU and copied to all commercial banks reads.
“In the light of the above, you are kindly requested to write to all banks in The Gambia to furnish the police with information on: The ex-president HE Yahya Jammeh or his immediate family members’ bank accounts, the dates when the accounts were opened, bank statements of the accounts” or “any other relevant information”.
Jammeh has also been accused of redirecting funds from his wife’s charity for other expenses.
Last week, Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has promised that his government will do what is required to recover any money or asset that has been stolen from Gambians by political players in the former regime.