Femi Falana, Human Rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria has alleged that Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s former president illegally executed over 50 persons, including nine Nigerians.
This he made known in a statement yesterday while calling on families of nine Nigerians who were executed in 2005, adding that his firm is able to establish the identity of one of the Nigerians.
The statement read: “On July 21, 2005, the Gambian Navy seized a boat conveying 58 immigrants, including 9 Nigerians, 40 Ghanaians, 3 Senegaleze, 3 Sierra Leoneans and 2 Togolese sailing towards a fishing vessel anchored on the high sea to stowaway to Europe.
“Apart from two Ghanaian nationals who were released to a Ghanaian Government Delegation another Ghanaian escaped from the custody of the Navy.
“The remaining 55 immigrants were illegally executed on the orders of the “brutal regime of Mr. Yayah Jameh, former President of Gambia.
”In the investigation conducted by our law firm into the killings, it has been established that the 9 Nigerians involved were traveling with their passports. However, the Nigerian Community in Senegal confirmed the identity of one of the massacred Nigerian immigrants. The details are:-
“Name: Omozemoje Paul Enagameh
Passport No: A1548206
Place of Birth: Lagos
Date of Birth: 9th December 1976.”
Falana further praised Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama for aiding his firm’s investigation by providing vital information.
He said that the family members should proceed to seek redress in Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission currently sitting in Banjil, the Gambia.