Gambia: Prisoners were placed in holes, cut to pieces

Dictator Yahya Jammeh

Dictator Yahya Jammeh

Following the article we published last week regarding the executions of nine prisoners at the notorious Mile 2 prisons, ASN has been further informed that the exact spot of the killings was in the forest of Kamfenda.

According to a senior military officer who was present at the final presidential meeting before Commandant Sulayman (Saul) Badjie and his team were given directives to kill the prisoners, specific instructions were prescribed by Dictator Yahya Jammeh. According to the military officer, the prisoners’ wails were clearly echoing in the hallow woods of the outskirts of Kamfenda, around the dictator’s birth place of Kanilai. The soldier further indicated that the prisoners were each placed in a hole dug to the waist. The soldiers then used knives and bayonets to cut their bodies into tiny pieces. The military officer made it clear that the prisoners died slow and painful deaths. After the butchering was complete, the tiny pieces of each body were placed in separate sacks. The hearts of all the nine bodies were cut off and placed in a white bowl. All these were finally transported

Sgt Alieu Bah was among those killed. Photo Credit: Alhagie Sowe

Sgt Alieu Bah was among those killed. Photo Credit: Alhagie Sowe

to Kanilai and delivered to Dictator Yahya Jammeh. It is not known what exactly the dictator did with it but the ASN source believes that Dictator Jammeh had used it for ritual purposes and might have eaten the hearts as could have been prescribed by his oracles.

Background of the saga 
On the night of August 23, 2012, exactly a year ago, Dictator Yahya Jammeh ordered Saul Badjie and his killer team to

remove nine prisoners from Mile 2 and execute them. ASN sources indicate that Saul Badjie, who in recent years has emerged as the head of the most deadly unit of Dictator Yahya Jammeh’s regime, led a group of officers who literally dragged the prisoners out of the Mile 2 prisons and took them to the bushes between Kamfenda and Kanilai.

Dictator Jammeh was supposedly directed by his deity which he worships in his village of Kanilai to spill the blood of eight men and one women as a means of protecting his presidency. After thorough thought, Dictator Jammeh had toyed with the idea of killing journalists, or causing a coup scare so that he would kill some soldiers in the mayhem that would ensure. Finally, he settled on killing the prisoners as he stated that doing so would be easier to give an explanation for.


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