Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sacrificed his long serving Interior Minister. Ousman Sonko Sonko is one of the most bloodthirsty and ruthless ministers in dictator Jammeh’s cabinet line-up.
The ruthlessness of Ousman Sonko came to light in the brutal and callous arrest and murder of UDP National Organising Secretary Ebrima Solo Sandeng on April 14. Whilst President Jammeh was giving instructions to his security officers to liquidate Mr. Sandeng after the April 14 peaceful protest, it was Ousman Sonko who unkindly first revealed the killing of Solo to western diplomats at a conference in Dakar, Senegal.
Ousman Sonko is said have participated in tortures and unlawful killings of Gambian dissidents, acts that were commanded by Presiden Yahya Jammeh. Sonko, who heart is filled with hatred for Jammeh’s opponents, also visited the home of the jailed Gambian main opposition leader a day after his arrest, asking about the whereabouts of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe. Sonko had not publicly declared the reasons for his dubious visit to Darboe’s Pipeline compound.
While Gambians await Jammeh to explain Sonko’s firing, Kairo News sources believed the Interior Minister was sacrificed by a cornered leader. Dictator Jammeh has been under tense European Union and United States pressure to produce the remains of Solo Sandeng as well as release all political prisoners. Jammeh is said to believe that by sacking Ousman Sonko he will defuse the international pressures on him and blame all the atrocities on Sonko.
On similar vein, there is unconfirmed information that the Gambian Inspector General of Police Yankuba Sonko is also dismissed. The same source indicate that both Ousman and Yankubao will be arrested soon and made as scapegoat and sacrificial lambs.
Dictator Jammeh sanctions his security forces to get dirty on anyone he (Jammeh’s) has personal beef with. Yahya Jammeh would heap blame on others when he is inundated with pressures. The EU and U.S must not fall for President Jammeh’s tricks of blaming others for crimes he authorized and approved. The world demands justice for Solo Sandeng, Solo Krummah, Lawyer Darboe and many other Gambians unlawfully killed, jailed and tortured.