Details of why the former Director General of National Drugs Enforcement Agency ran for his life are emerging, although in bits and pieces. Benedict Jammeh fled into exile in May 2013 after he had fallen apart with President Yahya Jammeh. He has since been living a quiet life in Senegal.
The man affectionately called Ben is an uncle to President Jammeh. He had occupied many top security positions before he fell from grace, which followed his arrest and detention. What actually motivated Ben Jammeh to flee while on a five million Dalasi has kept Kairo News busy for sometime.
“Ben is alive today thanks to his influential Jola fraternity that is close to the corridors of power,” said a close source. “This fraternity admires Ben’s intelligence and smartness. Ben was tipped him to run for his life to escape Yahya Jammeh’s plot to eliminate him. The fraternity is loyal to Ben Jammeh.”
Our source said Ben would have stayed home and proved his innocence in the courts but he “could not bet on his life. He knew the danger was waiting for him and took off before it happened.”
Kairo News gathered that President Jammeh would never recover from the shock resulting from the escape of Ben and Pa Ousman Bojang, Jammeh’s cousin brother who has melted in the United States. “Both close relatives are custodians of President Jammeh’s secret bags. Jammeh would be finished anytime they untie the bag.”
Ben Jammeh had earlier declined President Jammeh’s reconciliation offer, fearing he would be killed if he returned home.
Benedict Jammeh and his co-accused persons – Abdoulie Ceesay, former public relation officer of the agency, Foday Barry, former agency Director of Intelligence and Investigation, and Yusupha Jatta, the agency former Director of Administration – were accused of 90 counts. These include economic crime, abuse of office, giving false information, false publication, false broadcasting, theft, fabricating evidence and negligence, among others.