Dismissed Governor Gone Missing for 46 days

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By Bamba Serign Mass

Dismissed URR Governor Kanimang Sanneh/Observer Photos

The whereabouts of the dismissed Governor of Upper River Region (URR) remain mysterious to his family.

Kanimang Sanneh was arrested by the police shortly after he had handed over the governorship to Omar Sompo-Ceesay. Mr. Sanneh was soon exhorted to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in Banjul. He has since been languishing in NIA dungeons and denied access to his family. Kanimang’s family said they are yet to hear from the former Governor since his arrest on November 28th, 2013.

Despite being in state custody, the police continuously deny holding or knowing anything about Kanimang Sanneh. The Police Public Relations Officer lied to his family saying he was not aware of the former governor’s arrest. David Kujabi used that as an excuse to dodge away from providing comments on the story.

Also snubbing Sanneh’s family was the Police Commissioner at Basse. Ousman Jatta referred the family to contact the police headquarters in Banjul.

Our investigations proved that Kanimang was arrested by Basse police who handed him over to the NIA agents who transported him to Banjul. The agents are identified as J Sambou, Mr. O. Jammeh and A. Jobe. Mr. Sanneh continues to be illegally detained for 46 days without appearing before a court of law or charged.

Kanimang Sanneh, a native of Sandi Kunda in Jimara, served as the acting Governor of URR shortly after the removal of Omar Khan. He was elected a ruling party lawmaker for Jimara Constituency between 1997 and 2001. In 2002, Kanimang was elected the Chairman of the Basse Area Council.

Mr. Sanneh’s family is reeling with disappointment, wondering why a man who has been very “instrumental in strengthening the ideals of the APRC government in Basse will be held incommunicado. Since the first elections in 1997 when he defeated Mr Saihou Mballow of the UDP, Mr Sanneh had been the brain behind uniting the people of the region to support the initiatives of the government,” said a family source.

Sanneh’s successor had earlier stood against the ruling party in both the parliamentary and municipality elections. Until he defected to the ruling APRC, Governor Omar Sampo-Ceesay contested against former Basse representative Selou Bah. He also vied for Chairmanship of Basse Area Council through an opposition ticket.


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