Gambian authorities have detained the former prisons boss in connection with the death of ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh’s close ally amid investigations into human rights abuses under his watch.
David Colley was arrested by the police last week and taken into custody in the capital, Banjul, where he is assisting with information on the reported murder of Baba Jobe.
Jobe, a former parliamentarian for Jammeh’s party, was under a United Nations travel ban for his involvement in the trade of conflict minerals from Sierra Leone.
According to local media reports, Jobe was strangled to death on Jammeh’s orders that were passed on to Mr. Colley.
The authorities reportedly feared that Mr Jobe could one day reveal the Gambian leader’s involvement with the conflict in Sierra Leone.
Police spokesman David Kujabi spoke to WADR about the arrest of Mr Colley.