By Buba Gagigo
The government of the Gambia in a press release dated 7th January 2023 declared Warrant Officer Class Two Lamin Jadama a fugitive from justice.
Below, we reproduce the full statement from the Gambia government:
“The Gambia Government Declares Warrant Officer Class Two Lamin Jadama Fugitive From Justice
“Banjul, The Gambia -Following the recently foiled coup plot, The Gambia Government hereby declares Warrant Officer Class Two, Lamin Jadama a treasonous fugitive from Justice. Jadama, among a dozen soldiers and some civilians who conspired to overthrow the democratically elected Government of President Adama Barrow, has since eluded the authorities and presumably fled the jurisdiction.
“Under the circumstances, citizens, residents, and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps are all notified that Warrant Officer Class Two, Lamin Jadama, is wanted in connection with a failed coup plot to overthrow a constitutionally elected government and as such, should be reported to the nearest police or security post. His pictures are attached for proper identification.
“It can be recalled that on Friday, 6th January 2023, The Gambia Government charged Jadama and seven of his colleagues (eight soldiers) of The Gambia Armed Forces with two counts of â€œTreason and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.
“Specifically, they were charged with:
“Conspiracy to commit felony contrary to Section 368 of the Criminal Code CAP 10: 01 Volume III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
“Treason contrary to Section 35 (1) (A) of the Criminal Code CAP 10: 01 Volume III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
“Seven of Jadama’s co-accused plotters are remanded at the Mile Two State Central Prisons awaiting trial alongside two civilians, Mustapha Jabbi and Saikuba Jabbi, and Police sub-Inspector, Fakebba Jawara
“Meanwhile, investigations are progressing and the public would be notified accordingly.
“Ebrima G. Sankareh
“The Gambia Government Spokesperson & Presidential Diaspora Adviser”